Avoid Back Discomfort from your Kick-Ass, Heather-Inspired, Power Stance

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.  

                    Yoga Anatomy second Edition By Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews    This can be preformed in a standing format guided by the wall after hockey or better yet why not pull out a mat and do it in the comfort of your own home, yoga studio, or after your off-ice workout.  I don't suggest you do this stretch on the ice as it is hard to have the feet aligned properly with your skates on.  This is just one suggestion of a counter pose or exercise to help balance you out and prevent those nagging repetitive strain injuries.  I can suggest others if you are interested    CARHA hockey has a detailed description of what's happening to the spine on  their websitehttp://www.chwomenshockey.ca/the-science-behind-lower-back-pain-in-hockey/  or if you would like more info email me with your questions and I will see if I can answer them for you.   Happy Hockey New Year! Karen      

                    Yoga Anatomy second Edition By Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

This can be preformed in a standing format guided by the wall after hockey or better yet why not pull out a mat and do it in the comfort of your own home, yoga studio, or after your off-ice workout.  I don't suggest you do this stretch on the ice as it is hard to have the feet aligned properly with your skates on.  This is just one suggestion of a counter pose or exercise to help balance you out and prevent those nagging repetitive strain injuries.  I can suggest others if you are interested 

 CARHA hockey has a detailed description of what's happening to the spine on  their websitehttp://www.chwomenshockey.ca/the-science-behind-lower-back-pain-in-hockey/  or if you would like more info email me with your questions and I will see if I can answer them for you. 

Happy Hockey New Year!
Karen

 

 


Posted on September 17, 2015 and filed under What's Up.