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Is hockey an aerobic or anaerobic sport?

When watching a hockey game you will see that there is a high anaerobic demand put on the athlete, followed by about a minute and a half break. This brings us to the conclusion that hockey is truly an anaerobic sport. The power that a hockey player must generate while out on their shift is very high. They need to use their legs to generate power for every stride they take on the ice. Even more demanding is the deceleration and repeated accelerations that need to be performed in a short period of time. The recovery period is very important to allow the athlete to replenish the anaerobic system so they can repeat the next shift at the same intensity. Without this recovery it would not bepossible to maintain this anaerobic level. Training for hockey ideally consists of a lot of anaerobic power sessions built around forty-five second intervals and aerobic training to build up cardiovascular base to help with the long season.

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