Ice Hockey Players Using a Weighted Implement When Training on the Ice: A Randomized Control Trial

Authors: Stark, Timothy W.; Tvoric, Bojan; Walker, Bruce; Noonan, Dom; Sibla, Janeene

Source: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 1 March 2009, vol. 80, no. 1, pp. 54-61(8)


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The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential for improving hockey players' performance using a weighted implement on the ice. Forty-eight players were tested using a grip strength dynamometer. They also were assessed on their abilities to stick-handle. The participants were randomly placed into a control or research group. The conditioning drills were performed for 10–15 min 3 days/week for 6 weeks. Use of the weighted implement resulted in a significantly enhanced grip strength endurance and stick-handling ability (p < .05). Using weighted implements prior to a regular ice hockey training session may be of benefit to young hockey players to enhance their grip strength endurance and stick-handling abilities.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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