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How Hockey Players Can Build Muscle

By Dan Garner, Hockey Training, 01/17/18, 12:00PM CST

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Because training was only the stimulus, your nutrition and sleep are going to determine whether or not you actually adapt to that stimulus to build muscle tissue.

When it comes to building muscle mass for hockey athletes, you need to have an adequate intake of protein in your diet. Technically, water makes up roughly 75 percent of your muscles' weight, it is the protein component of your muscle that is responsible for carrying out your skating, shooting, hitting and general athletic movement.

How much muscle you build within a given training phase depends entirely upon the relationship you have between:

  1. Protein synthesis (muscle building)
  2. Muscle protein breakdown (catabolization of muscle tissue)