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Off-Ice TrainingOff-Ice Training can be an Important Supplement to On-Ice Training!
Besides the lower cost, there is a distinctive advantage in learning how to acquire technical body control skills off the ice compared to performing the tasks on the ice.
Off ice training can take advantage of the warmer conditions and availability of floor to ceiling mirrors. It is possible to practice at home if a barre and mirrors can be installed.
Home Gym equipment can be pricey, but it does away with the travel to and from the brick and mortar membership gym and the monthly gym fees soon pay for the equipment. What is lacking is the assistance of a certified training coach.
Any kind of regular exercise can reduce stress levels. However, for extra help, choose Eastern exercises which tend to be easier on the body andt incorporate meditation. Try out some classes of tai chi or yoga at your local community center. Different types may be available:
There is a caveat to be observed - all off-ice training should support and enhance the goals of the specific type of ice skating. Each ice sport - Hockey, speed, and figure skating require developing specific skill sets that are only appropriate for that sport.
The transference of skills can occur between sports in the following fundamental areas:
Performing a choreographed program to a musical section(s) increases the difficulty when transitions between major features combine athletic and performance skills.
Some individuals can achieve the necessary performance, but when they attempt to duplicate their efforts in front of and audience of judges and spectators, they develop a form of "performance anxiety" that can be severely debilitating in extreme cases.
Athletes can start competing by participating in a recreational skating programs such as the ISI and USFS Basic Skills "Learn to Skate" programs.
A comprehensive training program can be designed by a skating coach. Such a program should be patterned after training programs used to develop elite skaters to become a consistent performer with the stamina to complete at a senior level in free style, pair, dance, or synchronized team skating events. Competing is not a sprint, it is a long distance marathon that requires consistently improving throughout a competitive season without the loss of energy and technical proficiency as the each performance ends. Remember that it is the final performance at the season's last competition that crowns the winner for that year.
It is extremely important to avoid acquiring basic technical errors at the beginning stage because the skater, parent, and/or coach rushes to have the athlete starting to learn jumps and spins without acquiring the essential body control to perform essential edges and turns at a wide range of effortless flow over the ice.
PDF Off-ice training to develop Skating Skills On-ice training alone will not be sufficient. There are many components to performing the complete skating stride.
Figure Skating Skills The Basics - The basic figure skating skills you need to learn at the start.
PDF Off-Ice Strength & Conditioning for Figure Skaters The USFS outlines of some of the guidelines for off-ice training and figure skating. I. Why should skaters perform off-ice training?
Training Figure Skaters Many training coaches prescribe that their skaters practice landing jumps and performing balance based skills (such as spirals) off the ice.
Sask. Speed Skating | FUNdamentals The focus of this stage is on critical skill and speed skating literacy. Optimal window of skill training starts for girls near the end of this stage, between ages
8-11 (Short & Long Track).
Hockey Training for Different Age Groups - Laura Stamm (Technique) Skating is an extremely complicated activity. For children who choose to participate in hockey, a strong foundation in fundamental skating skills must be developed prior to starting hockey training.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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