1% Better Everyday through the 5 pillars of Athletic Preparation
Skills for your sport are crucial at a young age. Stick-handling, shooting, edge work, angling, pivots, and crossovers are all basic technical skills that can be worked on every single day through various actions.
In any sport there are systems defensively and offensively when you have possession or you don't. Each position has a role that must be played correctly in order for a team to succeed.
In addition to skills and systems there must be a priority for the weight room. Throughout my career and with age, I learned the weight room is where athletes see some of their biggest improvements. Mobility, strength training, and conditioning are all areas that need to be utilized for improvement.
As well as training your body, the most crucial part of athlete preparation is training your mind. Throughout my career I have found this piece of sport and life is the most important. Through imagery, visualization, focus breathing, and self-talk; these skills helped improve my on-ice performance.
+1 (Extra) Being a good Teammate
Focusing on individual improvement is important to a team sport because you are being held accountable by your coaches and teammates. Team sports are beautiful because everyone has one common goal. If you can create a healthy tight-knit culture with high buy-in, success will follow.
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