Your ONE Thing…

I am reading a book right now called The One Thing and it asks the question, “What is the one thing you could do, such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”.  Then the task is to act on your ONE thing before all else.

This question can be applied to personal finance, business and yes, even hockey training.

So take a few minutes to think about your ONE thing.  Let me give you an example…maybe you have had a hip or groin pull once or twice each season for the past couple years.  This has you hobbling around for a few days, keeps you from sleeping for a few nights because it is uncomfortable to move around in the night, has you driving across the city to attend physio for a few weeks and keeps you off the ice for several days to several weeks.

So if you could reduce your risk of the muscle strains this would:

  • Ÿ   keep you feeling great
  • Ÿ   let you sleep through the night
  • Ÿ   save you money and time on physio appointments
  • Ÿ   keep you on the ice where you can compete for your team and have FUN

That all sounds awesome doesn’t it? So eliminating those strains may be your one thing, your next step is to come up with an action step – the ONE next thing that you can do to make that happen.  It might be as easy as following flexibility routine like the one below (dug it out of the archives for you – shot on the old video set up – WOW) every other day

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It might be that you don’t currently do any off-ice hockey training and that is why you are getting these injuries so you might need to start putting together a simple but consistent off-ice hockey training program.

Maybe the muscle pulls are a little more complicated or serious so your next step is finding the best sport physio in your area and getting a thorough assessment to figure out why this keeps happening.  Often it has NOTHING to do with your hip and a physio can help you peel back the layers of the onion.  When I worked at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic I remember a guy who kept spraining his ankle over and over and over again  — the physio finally traced it to an old shoulder injury.  We cleaned up the shoulder and he stopped spraining his ankle.

So ask yourself, what is the ONE Thing?  If your ONE Thing is adding more speed to your game, then check back later in the week, I have a speed training article for you.  Until then – keep pushing!


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