While we have this little pause in our season, now would be a good time to stay focused and try some skating techniques in front of a mirror. A good place to start would be stride work. Grab a chair, place both arms out on the chair, sit in your 90 degree knee bend and push to full extension with one leg. Hold for 2-3 seconds then come back to flats and try the other leg. Pushing to full extension and finishing with a toe flick are what we are trying to attain. Also, having lots of tension in your leg is going to allow for a more powerful stride. When you recover your stride leg back to a flat make sure you are coming back at a 45 degree angle and not standing up off your knee bend. It is very useful to try this in front of a mirror and perfect it while we have the time and are off the ice. Perfect practice makes precision.
Sometimes our bodies can develop muscle asymmetries that cause our mental map to be “off.” For example, we can think our body is square, when in fact one shoulder may be dropped, or our hips may be pulled to one side with one leg supporting more weight.
Checking your position in a mirror when you do off-ice gives you a chance to spot these asymmetries and correct them. Take a look from several different angles. Memorize the feeling of the correct positions so you can call recall them when you’re on the ice.
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