Believe it or not, visualization works and positive goal imagery creates a “competitive drive”. Top athletes do it to improve performance.
Brain studies have revealed that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, and prime your brain for success – all relevant to achieving your best performance.
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals incorporates “mental imagery” into his pre-game routine.
Making the jump from minor hockey to junior hockey can be difficult. Moving up in leagues and receiving shots from stronger and advanced players can be intimidating. Whether it is junior hockey or minor hockey the 5 Minute Mini Game can be a useful tool to provide a positive head in the game.
When I was playing my first year in junior hockey my coach at the time came up to me on my very first game and shared this tool and it resonated with me throughout my whole hockey career. He said “break the game down into 5 minute mini games.”
When breaking the game down into 5 minute segments you are able to shake off the bad and build on the good parts of each mini game. When you have a bad 5 minutes, let’s say you let a goal in, once that 5 minutes...
How a goalie should prepare before games can be approached differently by each inividual and depenant to the kind of schedule you may have to endure.
Preparation for a goalie is huge and if possible, should start a few days before game night. From experience when I played at Carleton University, I knew that game day was every weekend; starting in Fridays game meant I started focusing on the game early in the week. I would know what opposing players to look for on the ice. Who had the most goals, points, etc. In a CIS short season, I knew every game counted and I had to be at my best everytime. I started to prepare myself by working hard in practice and getting a good feel for the puck all week. I would specificaly work on tracking pucks en...