FROM THE TRAINER’S ROOM Offseason planning means recharging for the next season A
s the hockey season winds down and offseason kicks into high gear, this is the time to plan out the coming months to allow for rest, recovery, proper training on and off the ice, and preparation for the next season. One way to plan for this hectic time is to print a calendar from now until September when the season starts to kick into full swing. There will be events that need to be input right away, such as tryouts, camps, showcases, Chris Phillips vacations. Once these events are on the calendar, you can start to plan the offseason. For example, you may need to increase ice time and decrease other activities in the weeks prior to tryouts or limit ice time and increase your time in the gym when there are no important events in the near future. Some key points that need to be addressed in your offseason program: define aspects of your game on and off the ice that need to be improved, highlight major events during the offseason where you have to play at your best (tryouts and showcases are the major events where you will be seriously evaluated), plan out time to improve off the ice with such aspects as strength and power development, and plan some time away from the rink, which is key to maintaining your health and avoiding burnout. The off season can be hectic so don’t let it get out of control with too many things on your plate. Remember, this is the time to improve specific aspects of your game and get some rest and time away from the rink so you are rejuvenated and excited to start next season.
Chris Phillips is an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist with over 25 years’ experience in professional sports, including eight seasons in the NHL with the Ducks and Capitals. He is the owner of Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Orange County.