The 3 Biggest Reasons Girls Hockey Players Don’t Strength Train

The 3 Biggest Reasons Girls Hockey Players Don’t Strength Train

There are many reasons that girls’ hockey players do not participate in strength training programs.

They may be worried about getting injured, they may think that they are going to end up ‘muscle-bound’ or that strength training isn’t necessary for players who play without body-checking. And while these are all reasons that are widespread and born from prevalent misconceptions and myths, they are not the three most common reasons.

What are the top three reasons that most female hockey players do not strength train?

Their parents believe that these programs will cost them too much in terms of time, travel and money.

1) Time

Hockey players, parents and coaches devote a great deal of time to the sport they love. On average, minor hockey teams are on the ice for a total of 100-150 games and practices during the season. Adding in time traveling to and from the rink, weekend tournaments, power-skating lessons and team fundraisers, makes the time commitment even more staggering. Although players, parents and coaches recognize the important role strength training plays in a player’s development, they are reluctant to commit even more time to the pursuit of hockey excellence. Players may not be overly eager to participate in strength training several times a week if it is going to take more time away from school, family and friends. An already tired and over-booked parent is unlikely to want to spend more of their time shuttling their child to and from the gym. Coaches may not have the time to research potential strength training options or attend educational seminars about how to teach proper strength training to their team. In the hockey world, time away from the rink is becoming as precious and scare as ice time for practice, and players, parents and coaches believe they are unable to devote any more time to strength training.

2) Travel

Hockey parents and players spend a tremendous amount of time in the car traveling to and from hockey-related functions throughout the season. While it would be convenient for a reputable strength training facility (with qualified trainers) to be located in every single rink, this is unrealistic. In most cases, in order to have access to the expertise of a professional strength coach, you must drive to yet another facility. In some larger cities, this might only be an extra 20 minute drive in both directions. But in smaller communities, this commute might be close to an hour long – if a reputable athletic training facility even exists in the area! Hockey parents and players are looking for strength training to be accessible and convenient.

3) Money

Hockey is expensive. Parents must not only pay for all their player’s equipment, the gas for the car and the team registration fees, they quite often have to take time away from their jobs in order to ensure that their child can make it to all of their hockey commitments. The idea of spending even more money on hockey-specific strength training is unrealistic for the majority of parents and teams. Training one-on-one with a certified strength coach in a commercial gym will cost on average $50 per hour. Even the cheaper group rate for team training is cost prohibitive for vast majority of parents and teams. Getting a membership to a fitness facility or community center may be a much less expensive option, but will not include the price of having a program designed to address the specific needs of the athlete. Parents and coaches are always looking for cost-effective ways to maximize their player’s development – and participation in a safe and effective strength training program is a key part of this process.

Every young female hockey player must strength train in order to take her game to the next level.

Coaches, parents and player must have access to professional-designed, safe and effective strength training programs that are:

1) Time-effective: The programs be completed in the time it normally takes to get to the rink

2) Easily accessible: They can be done at home or in the rink with no equipment or travel required

3) Cost-effective: They may require a small initial investment but deliver a comprehensive program that is easy-to-understand, easy-to-use and highly effective.