Dec 312012
 

2012 was a good year at SeanSkahan.com.  I made an effort to improve my content by focusing on the quality of my writing.  Although I think I can improve greatly, I am happy with how far I have come since I started this site.

I was able to increase the number of views to the site by 35% from 2011.  Not too bad, but I can still try to improve the total number.

All being said I thank you very much for stopping by.  I hope to continue to post more frequently with better content in 2013.

Here are the top 5 most read posts of 2012:

5- Lesson From the Old Ball Coach

4- Re-Visiting the FMS in the Team Sport Setting

3- Alternatives for the Hang Clean

2- Improving Shoulder Mobility

1- 5 Exercises That Hockey Players Should be Performing in the Weight Room

Dec 272012
 

Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Pat Riley has a quote in his book The Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players, “If you’re not getting better, you are getting worse”.  I love this quote because I believe it’s true. I always want to see myself as a beginner in the Strength and Conditioning/Sports Performance profession.  Honestly, there is so much that I don’t know.  Which has just dawned on me that I think this is why I am not the biggest fan of some of the internet gurus who-  A- really aren’t coaching anyone and B- really haven’t been doing this for a long time.

2012 was another good year that brought about some life learning experiences both personally and professionally.  Here are 3 things among others that really stood out:

1-  I really enjoy coaching on the floor in the weight room and on the field/ice.  Professionally, this is what I love doing.  Interacting and coaching my athletes while they train is what I am passionate about.    This is what keeps me going.  When something is taken away from you for reasons way beyond your control, you realize how much you love to doing it.  Hopefully, I’m back to doing it soon.

2-  The diaphragm is a really important muscle to ensure that is functioning properly.  While I am still in the infant stages (no pun intended) of learning about its roles in breathing and in spinal stabilization, the reality is that I really didn’t give it the time of day up until a year or two ago.

The diaphragm is an important muscle in function because of its importance in creating deep abdominal pressure (in conjunction with other muscles including the pelvic floor and other abdominals) prior to movement of the upper and/or lower body limb(s) in function.  From an injury prevention perspective, I think this a huge area of importance because if there is insufficient intra-abdominal pressure, dysfunction can easily occur in a part of the chain of events that occur in movemdddddent.  Maybe I’m wrong, but I do know that I will learn more about this.  Thanks to my learning about breathing and my recent attendance at the DNS-A course, this has been brought to my attention and will soon be part of my daily coaching strategies.

3-  I really like USA Hockey’s long-term American Development Model which is I am pretty sure is going to be instituted at the mite level next year in Southern California.  One of the main components of this model at the mite level is that kids will be playing cross-ice games instead of full ice.

What I have learned is while that I agree with the change overall, I am not sure that I agree with it when it comes to my own son.  Please let me explain.  In his situation, he is now playing in travel mite full-ice game hockey at the age of 6.  Prior to this season, he played cross-ice mini games when he was 4 and then played full-ice In-House at age 5.  All of the time however has been spent practicing in mostly station-based drills and cross-ice mini games.  My question is, does he then spend the next 2 years (mites are ages 8 and under) playing cross-ice while he is now capable of playing full ice because he is as big, if not bigger than most of the kids in the mite age group while also being an average- above average skater?  Would this take him backwards as I feel that he can play full ice? Maybe in my eyes, his progression is going good, however he could benefit from the small area games to develop his skills.  I’m not sure, but I’m sure there will be some other kids with same questions.

Dec 142012
 

I hope you are doing great.  I want to update you on what is going on at HockeySC.com.  Recently, we had a survey on what the subscribers would like us to see more of on the site.  As a result from looking at the results and seeing some of your comments, we are going to be making some awesome improvements.  We will be doing more webinars, audio interviews, and also putting up much more content from other people in the field who may do things a little differently from the way that we might do things in some situations with our players.  We are really excited about this.  Stay tuned!

Here is what have had added to the site since my last update:

Articles

Sequencing by Anthony Donskov

Simplicity by Darryl Nelson

Working Effectively as a Staff by Ken Hetzel

Dissecting the 2-Way Skater by Kevin Neeld

Training With Velocity by Devan McConnell

Videos

Double Kettlebell Front Squat by me

Lateral Wall March by Kevin Neeld

Lateral Plyometrics by Darryl Nelson

Programs

In-Season U-16- U-18 Programs by Kevin Neeld

Phase 5 Lift and Pre-Practice Warm Ups by Devan McConnell

That’s it for now.

Happy Holidays!

Sean

Dec 102012
 

As many of you know, I find myself with lots of free-time due to circumstances WAY beyond my control.  As a result, I find myself trying to utilize this time the best way that I possibly can.  Whether it is reading articles or books, watching training DVDs, writing blog posts (such as this) and an e-book, or visiting other Strength and Conditioning Coaches/Trainers, I am trying to use this time to get better.  Of course, I would rather be doing my day job and trying to find the extra time to squeeze this stuff in.

On a recent shopping trip to Costco, I picked up the book No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden (not the authors real name).  It may be one of  the biggest books (311 pages) that I have finished in a 2-day time frame.  I couldn’t put it down.

The book is a Navy SEAL’s autobiography that also contains what happened during the planning and accomplished mission of taking down Osama Bin Laden.

I have so much respect for Navy SEALS.  Why?   They are the last people on earth that I would want to piss off.  Which makes me feel safer knowing that these guys are the ones carrying out missions like the one talked about in the book.  Also, I think SEALS are the ultimate athletes.  When you look at what they are tested in both physically and mentally, no one in the whole world is as tough as these guys.  From the time that they decide to become a SEAL through all of their boot camps which includes the “Hell week” in which they sleep for 4 hours total during an entire week, these guys are the cream of the crop.  It is no wonder why the drop out rate is so high.  From a training perspective, what is really impressive about these men is that they must be able to always complete their physical assessments even after they officially become SEALS.  They are also pretty much on call 24-7.  They must be ready to go at any time.  There is no set schedule as to when they are on missions.

What was also impressive in the book was the attention to detail that these men have in the planning process for any mission that they set out to accomplish.  It is all scripted right down to packing their gear properly and rehearsing the missions over and over again.  This really sounds familiar when you think of the deliberate practice concept and why successful coaches teach their athletes about the importance of the smallest of details.  Coach Wooden teaching his players how to put their socks on properly comes to mind.

Like the great book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, another SEAL autobiography, there is so much from this book and the whole Navy SEAL culture that can apply to coaching and being a member of a team.

Here is a quote that I really like from the book:

“We are not superheroes, but we all share a common bond in serving something greater than ourselves.  It is a brotherhood that ties us together, and that bond is what allows us to willingly walk into harm’s way together.”

Obviously, I really liked the book and was really surprised that I crushed it 2 days.  Check it out here

Dec 032012
 

I realize that I am a week late for Cyber Monday.  However, I just wanted to let everyone know that I lowered the price of my DVD’s- Kettlebell Lifting For Hockey and Slideboard Training For Hockey by 20%.

I thought that the title of the post was appropriate because I guess I would consider myself to be a beginner still in the whole information product marketing world.  I’ve always seen myself as a Strength and Conditioning Coach who made the DVDs because I believe in the content and I strongly believe that it can help any hockey player and/or coach.  However, the reality is that not that many people are talking about them on-line.  I now get the power of marketing and the impact of more people talking about your products.  All I can do is appreciate the learning experience that this has provided me with.

I do promise to get the word out more when I do complete my book which is now 40,000 words and 150 pages deep.  I find myself at the stage where I am updating more of the content as I learn more.

Anyways, for now, Kettlebell Lifting For Hockey and Slideboard Training For Hockey are both for sale here.

Here are a couple of clips from the DVD’s:

Thanks!