Skate Stride Exercise using an Exercise Ball

Starting Position Action
  • Keep your knees slightly bent.
  • Push the exercise ball back and then pull the ball back toward you while keeping hips level.
  • Don't let your back arch. Keep your back in a good neutral position.
Prime Movers
  • Glutes, hip flexors.
Physio Tips
  • Keep your shoulders level and pointing forward.
  • Your weight bearing knee should not bend too much.
  • If you have knee discomfort doing this exercise, stop and consult a physical therapist.
  • Tie an elastic band or attach pulleys to your moving foot to add resistance to this exercise.
  • If you are finding this ball exercise easy put your standing leg on a rolled towel, cushion, or top side of a BOSU.
The benefits of this exercise for hockey players are obvious in that it strengthens hip muscles in a functional pattern while integrating the core.

Other good exercises for skaters can be found here..
Try these other ball exercises in standing for balance and hip strengthening:
Side to side jump
Side squat

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Repeat this movement 10 times on each leg.

RRepeat this movement 15 times on each leg.

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