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How Hockey Players Can Reduce Muscle Soreness

By Dan Garner, Hockey Training, 05/24/19, 12:00PM CDT

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Naturally, hockey players don’t exactly like to have crappy workouts or perform like crap in their next game, so, muscle soreness is a major problem.

Why Do Hockey Players Get Sore?

Although it’s common knowledge that soreness is something that goes hand-in-hand with difficult physical activity such a working out or playing a hard hockey game, but, what’s less commonly known is the mechanism at which this occurs.

When you can identify the mechanism, you can begin to strategize a plan to minimize it in the first place. Muscle damage is most often linked to eccentric muscle contractions, or, the “lengthening” part of the movement (think going on the way down in squats or bench press, this is also commonly referred to as the “negative” part of the rep).