All sports utilize the elements of force application to generate movement. The elements are the same in all sports but the methods of applying them are different, and specific to each sport.
When force is applied correctly, powerfully and explosively, with exact timing, the result is power. Power, combined with quickness (rapid motion) results in speed (of the self, of the puck, of the bat, or ball or any other object).
Most athletic motions have at least four basic elements of force application. I call them the wind up (coil or preparation), release (push, swing, throw, etc.), (full extension or completion), and weight shift.
Think of a pitcher to understand the above elements. A pitcher’s wind-up is a perfect example of the coiling action. The release and follow through and weight shift (during the pitch) exemplify properly timed force application. The result is a ball that travels with lightning speed.
These five elements must be executed correctly and timed exactly in order to generate power, and subsequently, to generate speed. Because skating motions are not natural they must be learned and practiced. Too many skaters just "go out there and skate" and pick up bad habits which must then be un-learned and re-learned.
Today's hockey is all about Speed. If players aspire to competing at a high level of hockey, proper skating technique is imperative. The end result (power and explosive speed) is worth all the effort.
by Laura Stamm © May, 2003
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