One of the more favored sports at the Olympics is ice hockey. Men's Ice hockey has been a part of the games since 1920, whereas women's ice hockey joined the Olympics in 1998. At the Olympics, ice hockey was originally only intended for amateur athletes. However, in 1998 professional hockey athletes, like players from the NHL, were allowed to compete.
Ramona Braganza's Olympic Ice Hockey Tip:
Every sport has a list of injuries that are quite common. With hockey, the most common injuries include groin pulls and hip flexor pulls. For many of us, tight hip flexors are the result of sitting all day. Tight hip flexors can lead to lower back pain.
To train like an olympic hockey player, try deep squats to improve flexibility and to release tightness in the hips. To do a deep squat, have the barbell over your shoulders and have your feet shoulder-width apart. Squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor – or deeper. You have to get your thighs at least parallel to the floor; otherwise the squats you are performing will be useless. To truly make a squat a "deep" squat, you will want to squat as deep as you can (think: back of thighs touching claves). Make sure that your knees do not extend past your toes; otherwise you will be at risk for injury. Rise back up slowly and you have completed one repetition. It is very important that you keep your back straight throughout the entire movement. You should also keep your core nice and tight for the added benefit of an ab workout.
Yes Wellness Supplement Recommendation:
The Yes Wellness supplement recommendation for training like an olympic ice hockey athlete is hemp protein. Hemp is an amazing source of protein. Some of the best characteristics of hemp protein are that it is:
- Easy to digest
- A source of protein that will not make you bloat
- High in Omega's
- A great source of fiber