Conditioning for Skating : Off-Ice Techniques for on-Ice Performance

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Finally, a conditioning program for figure skaters that meets today's competitive requirements of the sport

Figure skating has evolved dramatically in the past few years, with a greater emphasis on triple and quadruple jumps, jump combinations, and dramatic lifts. And to stay competitive, skaters must spend hours developing their strength, power, flexibility, and endurance to perform these maneuvers. Conditioning for Figure Skating is a technical, user-friendly guide that ...

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Overview

Finally, a conditioning program for figure skaters that meets today's competitive requirements of the sport

Figure skating has evolved dramatically in the past few years, with a greater emphasis on triple and quadruple jumps, jump combinations, and dramatic lifts. And to stay competitive, skaters must spend hours developing their strength, power, flexibility, and endurance to perform these maneuvers. Conditioning for Figure Skating is a technical, user-friendly guide that teaches you how to improve your strength, increase your power, and condition your body off the ice to improve your on-ice performance.

Appropriate for skaters at all levels and all disciplines—singles, pairs, and ice dance—this manual explains the physical preparation needed to excel at the sport. Whether you are a skater, coach, trainer, or parent, you can use this book to establish a training structure to maximize your or the skater's potential.

You will find in-depth analysis of:

  • The physical components of figure skating
  • Proper warm-up and cool-down techniques
  • Sport-specific strength training
  • Injury prevention exercises
  • Drills to enhance speed, strength, and power
  • Flexibility training
  • Balance and body awareness
  • Muscle endurance conditioning
  • "Periodization," a yearly conditioning plan that creates a peak in physical performance coinciding with the competitive figure skating season
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570282201
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 692,877
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl M. Poe, M.S., C.S.C.S., has designed strength and conditioning programs and has trained figure skaters for the past seven years.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Physical Components of Figure Skating 1
Ch. 2 Warm-Up, Cool-Down, and Flexibility Preparation 13
Ch. 3 Strength Training for Figure Skating 35
Ch. 4 Off-Ice Jump Training, Sport Cord Speed Drills, and Balance Training 61
Ch. 5 Plyometric Training for Figure Skating 75
Ch. 6 Endurance Conditioning for Skating 93
Ch. 7 Testing for Off-Ice and On-Ice Performance 131
Ch. 8 Periodization: A Skater's Yearly Plan 143
Ch. 9 Myths and Truths 165
Notes 175
About the Author 177
Index 179
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  • Posted April 30, 2009

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    My daughter has been taking ice skating lessons since August, and I have been desperately searching for any books to help her. When I purchased this book, I showed it to the other parents and the coaches. Now everyone is ordering copies. This book is fantastic!! Everything that her coach and I have been trying to stress to her about off-ice conditioning, the book not only outlines, but it breaks it down into different workouts. There is so much information and so many useful tools for parents and coaches to help our future olympic hopefuls! If your child is serious about ice skating or even ice hockey, get this book. It's money well spent!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

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    This is a great book for figure skaters It really will help all aspects of your skating

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2001

    An excellent resource for competitive figure skaters

    Carl Poe is a strength and conditioning expert and has extensive experience working with figure skaters. I have attended many of his seminars and find his methods sensible and effective. While not a replacement for supervision by a strength and conditioning coach, Mr. Poe's book is a strong introduction to the types of exercises serious competitive figure skaters should be using to supplement and improve their on-ice performance.

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