Strength and Conditioning Program
The King’s-Edgehill hockey program implements a year-round team strength and conditioning program that physically prepares each individual player for the upcoming season and the next level of competitive hockey. The primary goal of this program is injury reduction, making sure that each athlete is prepared to physically withstand the stresses of playing competitive ice hockey.
A comprehensive team evaluation is administered multiple times throughout the school year and assesses strengths and weakness in the following areas:
- Explosive strength
- Muscular endurance
- Cardio-respiratory fitness
- Injury precursors (muscular imbalances)
The program design is exclusive to the KES hockey program and incorporates every facet of athletic based training:
- Speed development
In addition to the strength and conditioning training, the team receives sports nutrition guidelines where they will learn the basics of eating to perform and how to make healthy and smart food choices on the road and during their athletic career. Players with more specific nutritional needs can meet with the strength and conditioning coach to develop an eating program suited to their personal goals or needs. Eating plans that address a medical condition will require a medical referral and be handled through the school nurse and doctor.
Young athletes (grades 7-9) will participate in a strength and conditioning program designed to introduce strength training fundamentals and prepare them for more advanced training in the years to come. Focus on the developmental program will be based on age appropriate strength training techniques and will involve (but are not limited to) uses of body weight, free weights and nautilus machines to learn and establish a solid strength foundation.
In addition to strength, the athletes of the development program will participate in speed development programming that will focus on motor skill development, running technique, and muscular coordination.
All team training and evaluations are scheduled as to not interfere with other athletic and academic commitments and each session is implemented and supervised by a certified and experienced strength and conditioning coach
SHAUNA FORSYTH, MSc, ATC, CSCS, PN1
Shauna is the owner and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Maritime Strength and Conditioning in Windsor, Nova Scotia where she specializes in sports performance, injury reconditioning and personal training. She has worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the past 14 years training youth, amateur, university and professional athletes. She has prepared many athletes for successful careers at the NCAA D1 level and has coached athletes competing at both the professional and Olympic levels. Prior to relocating to Nova Scotia, she was the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning at Harvard University where she was responsible for the year-round strength and conditioning training of 10-15 of their varsity sports teams. Prior to her strength and conditioning career, she worked as an Athletic Trainer, certified through the National Athletic Trainer Association (USA) both in the high school and Physiotherapy settings. She holds both a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine. She is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds a Level 1 nutrition certification through Precision Nutrition. Shauna is a former NCAA soccer and basketball athlete and understands firsthand the commitment and preparation it takes to play at the next level.
Shauna’s office is located on the second floor of the Ted Canavan Athletic Centre
Contact phone: 902-799-0334Email contact: email@example.com