5 Daily Habits of Elite Youth Ice Hockey Players

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Elite youth ice hockey players are committed to their success. They do not think “someday” they will become a faster, stronger, and more powerful player. Each day they decide they will achieve the results and commit to making their goals and dreams a reality.

Here are the five steps these elite players practice each day:

1. Remind themselves every day what their goal is. They do this by posting a favorite quote or picture of a skater they admire. This helps them stay focused on their goal. External reminders: images and quotes are very powerful motivators. Want to help your skater find one, simply search the internet for “Hockey Motivation.”

2. Elite skaters take the time to hydrate their body. They know skating when thirsty is a sign of mild dehydration and this “mild state” will negatively impact their ability to give 100% on the ice or in the gym.

3. Elite skaters use food as their body’s fuel every day — not only on gamedays. They take time to learn and understand how to apply the science of youth ice hockey nutrition. This helps them become a great athlete and helps them understand when it is OK to have a treat. After all, even the most elite youth ice hockey player likes cookies, pizza and ice cream. The difference is they know when they can eat it.

4. Know how much, what time and what type of food they need to eat at a given time to achieve the results they desire. Elite skaters take the time to learn and apply nutrient timing.

5. Know the importance of sleep. Elite youth ice hockey players are still growing “tweens” and teens. They understand the positive effects quality sleep will have on their growth, school work and hockey games.

Here are two skaters who have practiced these 5 steps and achieved the goal they set for themselves, improving their game.

Meet Nathan Conklin

Nathan Conklin. (Photo courtesy of Jenn VanHemm)

“Proper nutrition has been a huge help to Nathan making his new team and just overall improvement to his game. He was really struggling with stamina on the ice before working with Kim. His biggest issues were proper hydration and meal-timing. Now that he is well-hydrated and fueling his body properly he is able to stay out in the ice for much longer, intense practices and longer shifts without issue. He is more than ready to go for a 6 am skate before school with his coach. And after hard 1 1/2-to-2 hour team practices, he is still alert, energetic and ready for more.” — Jenn VanHemm

Meet Declan Vail

“Not only athletes perform well with nutritional guidance! Student-athletes are at their best when well-fueled. Declan made his travel hockey team the same day he competed against some pretty smart kids at the Syracuse area Parochial School Academic Games at Bishop Grimes. First-Place in Lego Robotics and a Third-Place in Math! So proud of this kid and thankful for the nutritional know-how Kim has given to us through her program. Thank you!” — Margie Vail

Declan Vail. (Photo courtesy of Margie Vail)

To discover more about youth ice hockey nutrition visit www.hockeymomrd.com

Written by Kimberly Smith Lukhard, MS, RDN, LDN
Hockey Mom RD — “Great Nutrition Leads to Great Performance”

Author of Eat, Skate, Win: 7 Steps For Your Youth Hockey Player To Eat Like A Champion

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