Why hockey players static strech BEFORE they workout at Revolution Conditioning.

Hope you had a great weekend – I was super bummed to see the Blues get knocked out of the play-offs. This led to a very cranky Sunday afternoon and evening. Really, I don’t even want to talk about it, so let’s get down to the business of explaining why hockey players static stretch before their workout at Revolution Conditioning.
Why hockey players static stretch before their workout

When I get the question “why do your hockey players (or any athletes for that matter) static stretch before they workout at Revolution Conditioning?” my first answer is…’because Mike Boyle told me to’. The second short answer is… ‘because it works’. In other words, I started doing it because Mike does it, I continue doing it because it works.

I have had the question a few times in the past week, so I thought it would be a great topic to clarify. The question comes in different versions, but here is the basic –

“I heard static stetching before you worked out was dangerous”

Okay, let’s get one thing straight…running with scissors is dangerous. Static stretching? I am not sure about that. Although I do not know of any research that concludes static stretching before training is ‘dangerous’, there is evidence that it decreases peak force production and peak power production.

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