Day 18 – Foam Rolling for Hockey Players

This is the eighteenth day of our team’s virtual mid-season training camp. Each day, there will be a short assignment for you to do to continue your development. These assignments are mandatory for players and coaches. Parents are also encouraged to participate.

Foam rolling can relieve tension and soreness in your muscles. It can also improve your flexibility and range of motion. You should definitely be adding it to your regular exercise and stretching routine.

You can foam roll with a roller, a lacrosse ball or any number of other objects. Find something that works for you.

This video explains all the benefits of foam rolling as well as how and when to do it. It is indexed so that you can jump to each specific exercise.

A typical foam rolling routine should target the following areas of your body:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Lats
  • Shoulder blades and chest
  • Spine
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Quads
  • Groin and medial quads
  • Calves
  • Feet

You’ll want to foam roll at least 3-4 times per week for about 10 minutes. You can add it to your end of day routine to start relaxing your body before going to sleep. It’s also a great way to cool down after a workout, practice or game. Spending a few minutes helping your body recover will put you in a position to come back stronger again tomorrow.

Today’s Assignment:

For today…

  1. Enjoy your rest day! Hopefully you’ll be doing something fun. We’ll be starting a new workout program tomorrow.
  1. Try the foam rolling routine in the video. We’ll be adding it to our regular TeamBuildr workouts. Post a thumbs up to the team WhatsApp group.