Hi folks! I’m pleased to bring you another book review from the hockey world your way. This time, “Total Hockey Training”, by Sean Skahan. Whether you are a certified trainer working with hockey player clients, or perhaps you’re a player yourself looking to take control of your own off-ice regimen, Skahan’s “Total Hockey Training” is a resource that you’d do well to add to your library.
Skahan does a marvelous job of presenting extremely thorough programming for every caveat imaginable for a hockey player — pre-season, in-season, and off-season periodizations are all covered, and further broken down into deeper specifics for minor hockey, junior, college, and pro level players. Further still, forwards, defensemen, goaltenders, and even injured/healthy scratch/red shirt players have sections that speak to them.
As Skahan delves into the training programming itself, every facet is hit — pre-training (warm-up), core, strength and power, acceleration and speed, flexibility, and conditioning, and even a few on-ice drills. Each chapter includes visual aids for each for each step of each exercise suggested, and the closing chapters include comprehensive tables for a 12 week program, with day-by-day and week-by-week instructions as to the exercises to perform and their frequency, intensity, time, and type. There are also backtracks to the page numbers of the exercise instructions and descriptions in the book for reference.
Whatever your reason for seeking a book on hockey training, “Total Hockey Training” will be an invaluable resource to you, no matter what point of your season or career you are picking it up in. I highly recommend this book to any player or trainer.
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Achieve the best physical condition year-round with Total Hockey Training and be ready to dominate on the ice.
In Total Hockey Training, Sean Skahan, strength and conditioning coach for men’s hockey at Boston University, brings you the exercises and drills that have been used in conditioning some of the greatest players in the world. Whether you’re just entering the off-season or chasing playoff contention, this resource has you covered with season-specific programming that will help you take your game to new heights. With ready-to-use programs for all player positions and various levels of play, you have everything you’ll need to train year-round. As you progress, you’ll have access to personal assessment programs that will help you determine your strengths and weaknesses so that you can modify programs to fit your individual needs.
Physical conditioning for hockey is a year-round requirement if you want to outperform your competition. With Total Hockey Training, you have the tools you need to elevate your game and perform at your peak.
About the author:
Sean Skahan was named the head strength and conditioning coach for men’s ice hockey at Boston University in 2015. Prior to taking the position, Skahan was the strength and conditioning coach for the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Anaheim Ducks for 13 seasons, where he was responsible for the overall strength and conditioning program for all players in the Ducks’ system.
Before working with the Ducks, Skahan was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Boston College and at the University of North Dakota. While earning his master’s degree in kinesiology, Skahan worked as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Minnesota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
What others are saying about Skahan:
“Sean Skahan is one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the hockey world. His wealth of experience at the collegiate and professional levels will help all players achieve their goals.”
Founder, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning
Former Strength and Conditioning Coach, Boston University and Boston Bruins
“I was very fortunate to work with Sean while I played with the Ducks. He helped me to perform at my best and stay healthy. Sean has a great understanding of what it takes physically to compete in the NHL.”
Former NHL Defenseman
Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils
“In Total Hockey Training, Sean Skahan draws from his extensive experience as a strength and conditioning coach at both the collegiate and professional levels to provide coaches and players with proven year-round physical training regimens that enhance on-ice performance and reduce injuries.”
Bruce Boudreau– Head Coach, Anaheim Ducks
Want a free sample before you buy? Preview “Total Hockey Training” with these selected topical excerpts:
Chapter 1: Seasonal Scheduling and Logistics
Chapter 2: Testing, Evaluating, and Tracking Progress
Chapter 9: Conditioning
“Total Hockey Training” is available for purchase in Paperback, e-book, and Kindle versions from the Human Kinetics bookstore and Amazon. You can also search for ISBN-10: 1492507091 or ISBN-13: 9781492507093 through your favorite bookstore.
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1. ANSWER THIS TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the strength and conditioning coach for your favorite NHL team? (note trainer name and team)
2. TELL ME WHAT TEAM AND/OR PLAYER(S) YOU CURRENTLY TRAIN, OR ASPIRE TO TRAIN (I want to give this to a fellow trainer).