one of my passions has always been in the treatment and
the training of the hockey athlete we’ve been doing training with hockey
athletes for well over 20 years and one of the flaws we saw very quickly as we especially as we look at injuries was in
the way the hockey athlete trains for grip traditionally for
some reason in our society we look at grip we consider grip only be a function of
squeezing something whether that be a coiled device spring-loaded device or racquetball tennis ball we’ve heard them all and we can easily see that that this
approach is a very one-sided approach to hand
exercise and actually very poor approach to hand
exercise at the very least incomplete we over the years now have had the privilege of working with some
most elite hockey athletic trainers in the business and
we’ve compiled a few really simple exercises that we
want to pass on to other athletic trainers other coaches strength and
conditioning coaches even other hockey players so you can get some feel for the real hole in the training market
with hockey athlete and a way that we we really look to improve our hockey athlete and reduce their risk of injuries the
real basic mechanics what we’re looking at is that as far as the hand muscles goes hand muscles go we have nine muscles that
open the hand we have 9 muscles that close the hand, the muscles that open the hand are generally located on the back
fingers, thumb, hand, wrist, forearm and elbow opposingly the muscles that close the hand are located on the front of the fingers, thumb, hand, wrist, forearm and elbow… so really simply well we really have to study as far as
the hockey athlete is how the mechanics work together
whenever I grip something whether I grip obviously hockey is a such a grip dependent sport whenever I grip something the 9 muscles that open are actually a stabilizer chain these
chains we are going to show you very quickly on through EMG
studies contract just as much as the muscles that are actually doing the closing which
we call the action chain muscles so we have stabilizer
chain muscles of the grip and we have the action chain muscles
of the grip… we want to tell you that when we strengthen and balance specifically both of those chains that’s
what we see the most the maximum performance and the the least risk of injury from repetitive gripping we did our original study several years
ago with Trevor Linden from the Vancouver Canucks Trevor was gracious enough to go through
many basic hockey skills all kinds of stick handling and shooting face-off and when we really look and study this closely there is a hole
in the boat that we can really take advantage of strengthen
properly and improve our competition and again decrease the risk of injury… in the EMG
we’re gonna show you we’ve done several since we studied
Trevor during these different elite skills but we’ve done
many many many EMG studies since and they show the same patterns and so we’re very adamant about training these areas properly and in this video we’re going to show you why we are adamant about training in improper
balance and in a future will make we’ve got a few other
videos coming to show you how exactly to do this training works very easy not very time consuming
for the athlete or the athletic trainer in
training or in rehabbing so without further adieu we’re gonna go to our EMG patterns always notice that the
green signal is showing that finger extensor muscles
and the red signal is showing the finger flexor muscles we want to show
you and prove just how in concert these two muscle chains are and how the stabilizer muscles contract to in a co-contractionti to support the grip action muscles and then we will show you why it’s so important not to approach training anymore with just
grip orientated training but also training the opposing stabilizer muscles I want to be really clear that we’re not against using grip action items to train but if that is all you use, you’re going to create imbalance