Muskegon, MI

945. E. Sherman Blvd.
P. 231.737.4374

Grand Rapids, MI

4095 Park East Court SE
P: 616.259.4028

Grand Haven, MI

16760 Lincoln Street
P: 616.935.3300

NOCHS, Grand Haven, MI

1015 S. Beacon Blvd.
P: 616.847.5293



Hockey players need strength, power, speed, and agility to excel on the ice. Our hockey training services help optimize these areas during the preseason, in-season, and offseason.

The demands of playing the sport of hockey are extreme and not having the body in top performance can result in injury. Training that enhances strength, power, speed, agility, endurance, flexibility, and recovery is needed.

Two Types of Common Injuries

1. Overuse injuries: irritation of tissue secondary to muscular imbalances and often a result of improper posture.

  • Back Pain
  • Hip or Groin Pain

2. Traumatic injuries: acute and caused by a specific single incident.  Muscle imbalances and improper posture may contribute or make a player more prone to these types of injuries.

  • Concussion
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Ankle Fracture


Posture plays an important role in the sport of hockey because of its demands on the body: stabilization on a slippery surface, narrow base of support (on skates), needing to keep the head up, sprinting, and sustained squat position from anywhere between 30 to 75 seconds.  Most players aren’t taught the proper squat posture until they start lifting weights and by then many habits have already started.  With improper posture players are more apt to develop lower back pain, groin pain, pain in the front of the knee, neck pain and be more prone to a traumatic injury as the hips and core muscles will not be optimally developed.

Proper Hockey Posture

  • Weight through the arch of foot in the skate
  • Knees on top of ankles
  • Hips and knees slightly bent
  • Butt out
  • Flat back
  • Lifted ribs
  • Head looking forward

The proper posture keeps the spine in neutral by limiting the extension forces on the joints while allowing optimal hip to muscle positioning and power. Maximize posture to achieve optimal strength and to minimize injury!

Our Sports Care Team of therapists is here to help you reach higher and achieve more!



  • $99 for a comprehensive evaluation
  • $55 for each individual 30-minute session
  • Or, $200 for a package of four (4) 30-minute sessions