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Using Kettlebells in Professional Hockey

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I must say that I have been using kettlebells within my team’s training program in some capacity during the past 2 years.  During that time, we have incorporated the Swing, the Get-Up, and have used a kettlebell for other exercises such as 1-Arm/1-Leg Modified Straight Leg Deadlifts and Slideboard Split Squats.  I felt that…


Added by Sean Skahan on May 5, 2012 at 11:08am — No Comments

Integrating NHL and AHL Strength and Conditioning

Sean Skahan

Strength Coach Anaheim Ducks

(This was written 4+ years ago)

As the strength and conditioning coach of an NHL organization, one of my responsibilities is to implement our program with our minor league team in the American Hockey League (AHL). Each NHL organization has a minor league team affiliated with them in the AHL. While some teams in the AHL employ strength and conditioning coaches, some organizations will send their NHL strength and…


Added by Sean Skahan on April 29, 2012 at 12:33am — No Comments

Coaching the Injured Athlete

During the days leading up to the 2008 superbowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, there was a short piece on the NFL network featuring Patriot Strength and conditioning coach, Mike Woicik. The story was about coach Woicik’s 6 superbowl rings and his work with the Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990’s.  The story featured several of current and former players who were coached by Woicik.  Michael Irvin told a story of a conversation he had with coach Woicik…


Added by Sean Skahan on April 25, 2012 at 8:55am — 2 Comments

Getting Athletes On Board Your Bus

I have become a fan of some really good motivational books that talk about teamwork and bringing positive energy to your workplace and life in general.  A book that I like is “The Energy Bus” by Tom Gordon.  This book is about an unhappy manager who gets into some car trouble, and as a result, is forced to take the bus to work every day.  In the story, he meets some good people on the bus who give him advice on how to create positive energy and improve teamwork in his own life and at the…


Added by Sean Skahan on April 25, 2012 at 8:52am — 2 Comments

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