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What exercises help with the hockey snap shot?

Exercises that have a turning and explosive movement like the medicine ball rotational chest pass and woodchop throw are great choices. The snap shot requires an explosive pushing/pulling of the stick with a turning movement. Use the following acute variables when performing these kinds of exercises: 4-6 sets of 10 repetitions. The tempo should be as fast as possible or explosive. Use up to 10% of your bodyweight for medicine ball exercises; for example, if you weight 200 pounds you can use up to a 20 pound medicine ball. Rest 3-5 minutes between sets. Because this type of training is very stressful to the nervous system, only perform these movements for 2 weeks before taking a break. To perform the medicine ball rotational chest pass, stand with the feet hip-width apart and hold a medicine ball at chest height. Quickly turn and pivot the foot opposite of the side you are turning to. Once your upper body is turned to the side, explosively push/throw the ball against a wall or to a partner. To perform the woodchop throw, hold a medicine ball with both hands overhead. Explosively throw the ball down and across the body so the ball lands a little to the outside of the foot on the side you are throwing to. For both exercises, make sure your core is activated by drawing-in the belly button to the spine and move as fast as you can while still using the correct technique.

The hockey snap shot requires a great deal of wrist strength and flexibility. Using a table or bench to support your arm, you can use a light dumbbell to perform wrist curls. Place your forearm on a surface, making sure the wrist hangs freely off the edge, and curl the weight towards you. You can also do reverse wrist curls by placing the underside of your arm on the surface and curling in the opposite direction. Squeezing a tennis ball can also help improve wrist strength for the beginner. Wrist strength and flexibility are important for all aspects of hockey including wrist shots, passing, and stick handling.

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