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Training Tips for Ice Sports

What are classified as Winter Olympic Ice Sports?

     The Winter Olympics Sports are categorized into three main categories:
  1. Ice sports,
  2. Alpine, skiing and snow boarding events 
  3. Nordic events.
       In each of these sports categories there are more events. From the total of 15 sports, there were 86 individual events at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Ice Sports -
Alpine, Skiing and Snow boarding Events -
Nordic Events -

     In 2002 Synchronized Skating and Snowshoeing were demonstration sports and may at some future time become Winter Olympic Events.

Finding the ideal match of talents/abilities with ambitions and desires
    
Parents are ultimately responsible for making decisions of allocating family expenses. There should be a balance between planning for a child's education and participating in various social and physical activities.

     Children tend to use their imagination in the role playing activities associated with conflicts between antagonists and protagonists such as cowboys and indians, cops and robbers, etc.  Some children also dream about becoming the central characters in epic movie themes between "good and bad" guys, adventure, and space exploration, etc. 

     Young children often fantasize about who they would like to become as an adult. Normally these "dream" jobs do not last for very long. The question for parents is when they should start to take these dreams seriously and develop a plan to help the child prepare for such career choices.

     If the child's aspirations are involved in some career requiring advanced education, parents may provide the child with a laptop computer, web access, and access to tutors or various educational summer workshop and summer camps.

Increasing Participation in Physical Activities
     Sometimes a child becomes very intense in their level of participation in various sports or other activities such as music, arts, acting, performing arts - ballet, various forms of dancing, singing, etc.  Sometimes the child's school may offer classes that help them advance their abilities. However, many times these activities require becoming involved in programs that are out side of educational opportunities financed by a parent's taxes.

     It is such outside activities and sports whose expenses are borne entirely by the parent. It is important that the child's participation be as a result of their own desire and not driven by agendas of parents and/or coaches.

     Parents should develop a contract with their child with a participation escape clause that indicates the responsibilities of parents and child. Review the contract annually to ensure that everyone agrees that the terms are appropriate for the next competitive training season.

     Sometimes the exposure to the careers of their parents provides encouragement to enter the same fields as their parents and even plan on attending the same schools. Most parents are quite flattered. In some families there are problems if the child wants to go in different directions.  This is especially true when the parent(s) have spent their lives developing a business and they want their children to inherit and run  the business.

Match physical abilities, motivation, and emotional/mental suitability to child's abilities and desires
     The first step is for parents to make a frank appraisal of the reason(s) they want their child to participate in any physical activity or sport. It is suggested that you prioritize the following ideas that apply to you -
  • To provide my child with the opportunity to become a professional sports star.
  • So my child can become more confident and assertive.
  • The child is to shy and needs to come out of their shell.
  • A sports scholarship is necessary for the child to go to a good college/university.
  • To improve coordination -The child is clumsy and physically awkward.
  • My parents exposed me to the same opportunities which I also wish to share with my child.
  • I never was allowed to pursue my desire to participate in this sport when I was younger and I want to give my child the opportunity.
  • I was not able to achieve my goal of winning in this sport as a youngster and I want to give my child the opportunity.
     The second step is for parents to make a frank assessment of the child's strengths and weakness in the following areas:
  • Personality qualities, no wide moody swings, always positive and supportive.
  • Social behaviors, highly assertive, a dominating force, a natural leader,
  • Sportsmanship, winning at any cost is their priority
  • Physical development meeting or exceeding norms for age for boys and girls,
  • Physical skills, coordination, strength, agility
  • Emotional status, insensitive to feelings or others, very sensitive, compassionate,
  • Mental - self disciplined, highly focused, energized and motivated
     The third step is to make inquiries of local, state, and national coaches and athletic association(s) as to the qualities that increase the likelihood of standing out and becoming successful in college/university NCAA Division I sports.

     The fourth and final step is to see if you as a parent are attempting to force a square peg into a round hole. Not exactly a recipe for success. What is more likely is a frustrating experience for the child at best and at worst what can be described as a "Major Train Wreak" or catastrophe that can affect their entire life in a negative manner.

The best advice is a proactive approach to reducing injuries
     Parents should always approach each new training/competitive season with a "physical" checkup of their child to ensure there aren't hidden health problems that need to be resolved to prevent life threatening emergencies.

     All athletes need to improve their individual skills during their sport's "off season". This should be a less stressful environment that combine a fun atmosphere plus participation in workshops and seminars designed strengthen basic skills and all around physical fitness. The combination of this emphasis will be a major contribution for success on and off the ice.
 
    There is an increasing number of children and adults are becoming active participants in all sorts of physical activities and sports.  This can pose a risk for injuries for individuals who overdo or who don't properly train or warm-up. Cold temperatures can prove to be serious hazard for athletes of winter sports, even in unheated ice rinks unless athletes take care to warm-up and stretch prior to engaging in strenuous activities that can lead to pulled and strained muscles.
 
    It is important to note that some individuals can use physical problems, like childhood diabetes, or lack of parental support as a motivating force that drives them to pursue success despite of obstacles they encounter on the way to achieving their athletic goals.

Support and Encouragement
    It is important that a parent provide unconditional support for their children's academic endeavors, participation in sports and physical activities, plus community based volunteer organizations. Every child should learn that it is important to become involved in activities where they are not the sole beneficiary.

    Sometimes children will dream of achieving seemingly impossible goals. A balance must be established between emotional support and mortgaging the farm and/or separating the family unit for the exclusive purpose of funding a child's activities. A beneficiary of financial support should be prepared to make sacrifices and living frugally as part of any agreement to receive financial support.

Recommended Reading:
  • Ice Hockey Tips
    • Hockey Player Development
    • Ice Hockey: Women   July 6, 2011  The Women's Hockey Web - Playing and skating tips, pictures, ... corner, photos, and complete schedules for all participating teams. ... for girls and women to compete in the sport of ice hockey on a variety of skill levels.
    • 5 Ice Hockey Tips that Will Bring Flame to Your Game   Oct. 11, 2011 ... It also is a team sport, so making improvements to the overall team effort and ... Top tips for burning up the ice by your defense and offense include the ... Practice sessions should be focused, with each player participating.
    • Ice Hockey  July 29, 2011 ... Contact with other players, the boards, or the ice may result in a ... Hockey injuries occur much more frequently in games and increase with participation levels.
    • Youth Ice Hockey Safety Tips June 9, 2010 Youth ice hockey safety tips, common types of injuries, injury rates. ... Ice hockey is the second leading cause of winter sports injury among children. The most ... Take your child for a pre-participation physical evaluation.
    • College Ice Hockey Recruiting  High school ice hockey players can get athletic scholarships! Tips and information you need to get a athletic scholarship.
  • Speed Skating Tips
    • LTPAD - Speed Skating Canada Long Term Participation & Athlete   Racing on Skates, an overview of Speed Skating Development Model. A full length video can be requested on DVD.
    • PDF Longitudinal development of young talented speed
      van Ingen Schenau. Longitudinal development of young talented speed skaters: physiological and anthropometric aspects. J. Appl. Physiol. 77(5): 2311-2317

  • Curling Tips
    • PDF The sports science of curling: A practical review Curling is a sport played on ice in which two teams each deliver. 8 granite stones towards .... the development of strategies to improve sweeping performance.
    • Curling, Olympic training and ice friction fundamentals Nov. 19, 2010  The sport of curling revolves around friction on ice, which has quite a ... We have developed a computer model that shows that the friction of the ice changes with the velocity of the sliding object.
    • Curling is one of Scotland’s most successful sports and Great Britain are the 2002 Olympic Gold Medallists.  Anyone from age 8 and upwards can have a go. Clubs are always looking for adults and children to join up.

References:

Safely Skate, Slide and Glide through Winter   Dec. 19, 2011  Orthopedic surgeons offer winter sports safety tips.

Winter Sports Safety Top Winter Safety Tips. Always wear sport-specific, properly fitting safety gear when participating in winter sports. Kids should always wear helmets when they ski, sled, snowboard and play ice hockey.

Sports Injuries   Many sports injuries can be prevented if people take the proper precautions.  Apply an ice pack to the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times a day to relieve pain and inflammation to speed healing. Follow for at least 48 hours.

International Skating Union - Ice Skating Governing Body Figure Skating plus long and short track speed skating are the ice skating sports that the ISU governs. The International Skating Union is the oldest governing international winter sport ... The ISU organization was founded in Scheveningen, Netherlands in 1892.

International Ice Hockey Federation Ice hockey (in International Ice Hockey Federation (sports organization), ... Assorted References . history of ice hockey (sport): International ice hockey).

World Curling Federation  Welcome to the official website of the World Curling Federation. Events - Video - Historical Results - Rules and Regulations

List of Winter Olympic Sports  The Winter Olympics Sports are categorized into three main categories: (1) ice sports, (2) alpine, skiing and snow boarding events, and (3) Nordic events.

Winter sport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Common team sports include ice hockey, curling and bandy. Winter sports often have their own competitions, and once every four years gather and compete the Winter Olympic Games.

Winter Olympics: Curling Did You Know? Curling is one of four winter Olympic sports being contested indoors. The other three are hockey, figure skating, and speed skating.

Resources:

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:

   
Tips for Skaters
Training Tips for Ice Sports
PDF Strength Training Tips/Techniques
PDF Acquisition of Skills
PDF Developing Athletes
PDF General Training Principles
PDF Good Training Habits
PDF Measuring Core Body Stability
PDF Youth Athletes
PDF  Strength Training Tips/Techniques
PDF  Crossover Training
PDF  Exercises you can perform at home
   

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