Week one of our new development sessions is underway at NeverTooLate (NTL) and the excitement and buzz was evident in the changerooms both Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Thoughts of "this year I am going to nail the wrist shot", or "I am going to learn how to Deke better (or at least figure out the spelling of it) before this session is done", or " I want to skate a lot more smoothly, and powerfully", and as usual some "can't wait to get out and just skate and burn off stress - nothing like hockey to clear the overworked mind" and with some.."can't wait to learn how to hockey skate"! With this New-Year kind of thinking I thought it would be fitting to throw in a hint of balance into this energetic goal you are setting for yourself; a goal to balance your muscles and bones to prevent potential injuries and discomfort in the future.
Heather has been working with you on the ideal hockey stance for speed, power, agility and control and this stance involves bent knees, a forward flexion of your back, straight spine, and head forward pose. Holding this correct pose for the full energetic practice and subsequent games through out the week can lead to back trouble next year, if not this year, especially if you add off-ice training involving squats and various ab drills. So to avoid a repetitive injury from this constant forward flexion it is a good idea to hold a Counter Pose..a term we use in yoga to describe the suggested pose to balance out the body after a repetitive or vigorous pose is performed.
To counter the athletic hockey stance Cobra Pose involving a gentle back extension helps balance the spine to avoid potential compression pain.