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Training for hockey players during a pandemic: How should hockey players train during COVID-19 quarantines?

MOJ Sports Medicine
Christopher K. Carroll, Ph.D.


Objectives: The purpose of the paper is to highlight and demonstrate how to train, specifically for hockey players, while in a COVID -19 quarantine. Moreover, without access to training facilities and very limited equipment, what should players focus on during this time of societal shutdown. This paper will discuss physiological adaptations beyond simply localized muscular strength and “hockey specific” modalities. Rather, focused literature highlighting effects building a physiological base for return to play will be further discussed. Furthermore, expanded literature and application on oxygen consumption, lactate threshold, work capacity, heart rate deceleration/recovery and injury prevention will be highlighted. Search Methods: A search was conducted on the wide-body of research that exists in and around the skeletal muscle and sports performance and aligns the research in a clear manner, specifically describing the physiological response of various training to the hockey players, particularly in this time of quarantine. Literature gathered involved trails of comparative analysis with control groups in various exercise settings. Main Results: In an attempt to demonstrate the goal of training during a time with no access to training facilities and very minimal equipment, the purpose of this paper is to demonstrate and describe how aerobic training during this societail shut down might be the best way to prepare their body when players can return to traditional training and on ice play. The present paper identifies each adaptation specific to the training modality to clarify the scientific evidence for the sport practitioner.


Aerobic training, Muscle adaptations, Lactate threshold, Hockey, Repeat bouts