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Case study
10 April 2024

SpeedTracker as a screening test!

Assess your athletes with the SpeedTracker at any time to quantify their skating or running technique so you can take the necessary action to optimize their performance. Mr. Hip 18…
Case study
10 April 2024

SpeedTracker: The importance of a pre-season evaluation!

Evaluating your athletes with the SpeedTracker before the start of a season is essential to establish an optimal return-to-play strategy in the event of injury during the season. Mr. Ankle…
Case study
10 April 2024

SpeedTracker: Injury prevention

Evaluating your athletes with the SpeedTracker before the start of a season is essential to establish an optimal return-to-play strategy in the event of injury during the season. Mr. Right…
Case study
9 April 2024

Study on the effectiveness of a personalized training program based on the SciencePerfo profile

Speedtracker allows you to create a SciencePerfo profile for each field hockey player based on two comparative criteria: Efficiency, represented on the vertical axis; Acceleration, along the horizontal axis. SciencePerfo…
Physical qualitiesbiomechanicsMaxime Chabot
14 March 2022

Individualize training according to a field hockey player’s profile

This is the second in a series of two articles about a special project I carried out as part of my university career. The aim of this project was to…
biomechanicsNon classifié(e)Physical qualitiesTrainingMaxime Chabot
20 January 2021

Study on the effectiveness of a training program based on skater profile

cardiovascularPhysical qualitiesTrainingrecovery
1 May 2020

The impact of voluntary hypoventilation on the ability to repeat sprints

The impact of voluntary hypoventilation on the ability to repeat sprints JULIEN LAPOINTE Kinesiologist and physical trainer In team and racquet sports, athletes have to perform a varied range of…
Clinique du pepshydrationPOWER SUPPLY
1 May 2020

Myths and facts about dairy products

Injury preventioninjury
20 April 2020

Injury prevention exercise tool for you

injuryDominic ChicoineInjury preventionRehabilitation
27 March 2020

Is it normal for my new skates to cause ankle pain?

injury
6 February 2020

Demystifying epicondylitis

Demystifying epicondylitis CAROLANNE Family Medicine Resident Medial and lateral epicondylitis are elbow pathologies frequently encountered by healthcare professionals.  Although the patient presents with recent symptoms, epicondylitis is a chronic tendinosis…
Clinique du pepsPOWER SUPPLY
28 October 2019

Do the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting provide safe, lasting weight loss?

Dominic Chicoinebiomechanics
25 April 2019

Is it necessary to use foot orthotics in skates?

Is it necessary to use foot orthotics in skates?DominicPodiatristIn skate sports, good balance is essential, given the low grip of the ice surface combined with the narrow width of the…
Clinique du pepsMic morinInjury preventionTrainingPOWER SUPPLYrecoveryinjury
8 March 2019

Injury and drug therapy: basic principles for proper use

Injuries and pharmacotherapy: basic principles for proper useJACINTHE BERNIER Physiotherapy studentDid you injure your thigh while accelerating during your last training run? Has your knee been aching for some time…
MaximeGOALKEEPERSstopTrainingUncategorized
13 February 2019

Don’t crumble under the pressure

    Take the pressure off! MaximeSports physiotherapistHave you ever missed a game in practice, even though you'd already played it without difficulty? Or watching your favorite athlete miss a…
TrainingGOALKEEPERSMaximestop
16 October 2018

Would you like to stop more washers?

  Would you like to stop more washers?       Maxime Sports physiotherapist There's often a fine line between success and failure when it comes to a 15-foot putt…
injury
15 February 2018

High ankle sprain in field hockey players: is it possible wearing skate?

  High ankle sprain in field hockey players : is it possible wearing skate?   Ève PhysiotherapistAnkle sprains are not the first injury that comes to mind when you think about…
injuryInjury preventionRehabilitationEve fish
15 February 2018

Ankle sprains in field hockey players: is it possible despite wearing a skate?

  Ankle sprains in field hockey players: is it possible despite wearing a skate?   Ève Physiotherapist   Ankle sprains are not the first injury to come to mind when…
PhysicalMaxime-eninjury
15 November 2017

Field hockey and Yoga, a good combination?

Field hockey and Yoga, should we combine them? MAXIMESport PhysiotherapistThe practice of yoga has been gaining popularity in North America since the beginning of the century. In 2005, there were…
MaximeInjury preventioninjuryTrainingHipPhysical qualitiesPosture
15 November 2017

Field hockey and yoga, a good combination?

  Field hockey and yoga, a good combination?   MAXIME Sports physiotherapist The practice of yoga has been gaining in popularity in North America since the turn of the century.…
POWER SUPPLY
8 May 2017

Hydration and its lesser-known aspects

Hydration and its lesser-known aspectsANDRÉE-ANNEPhysiotherapy studentDo you know what makes up 2/3 of our body and 75% of our muscles? Well, it's water. Did you know that the thirst reflex…
POWER SUPPLYMaude Lalonde
28 April 2017

Protein, vegetarianism and performance: mission impossible?

Protein, vegetarianism and performance: mission impossible? MAUDE Nutrition student Meat consumption is an integral part of the Quebec population's eating habits. Indeed, Quebecers are accustomed to finding these foods on…
Rehabilitation
10 April 2017

TAU protein in concussion management: A promising tool?

TAU protein in concussion management: a promising tool? GABRIEL Physiotherapy students Between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur every year in the United States (1). These figures are all…
Uncategorized
4 April 2017

How about “mental toughness”?

How about "mental toughness"? LYSANNE Doctoral student in clinical neuropsychology Student-athletes are often plagued by multiple stressors related to school and social activities, as well as the added demands of…
POWER SUPPLYStephanie Grondin
4 April 2017

How to eat to build muscle mass

How do you eat to build muscle mass? STÉPHANIE Kinesiology and nutrition student Nutrition complements a muscle resistance training program when you're aiming for mass gain. Consuming huge quantities of…
Mathieu LanouePhysical qualities
29 March 2017

Should you train to failure?

Should you train to failure? MATHIEU Kinesiologist "No pain no gain! Has it ever occurred to you to think about the science behind this phrase? Unfortunately, the level of pain…
RehabilitationEve fish
13 February 2017

Fractures in young field hockey players: the importance of early detection

Fractures in young field hockey players: the importance of early detection Ève Physiotherapist As field hockey is a sport in which players can reach impressive skating speeds, collisions between two…
POWER SUPPLYGenevieve rioux
15 January 2017

Pre-camp and pre-tournament nutrition planning

Pre-camp and pre-tournament nutrition planning GENEVIÈVE Dietitian-nutritionist An athlete who is well prepared at the start of a training camp has every chance of maximizing his or her level of…
Mathieu Lanouerecovery
10 January 2017

Recovery: have we forgotten the brain?

Recovery: Have we forgotten the brain?MATHIEUKinesiologistWhen you have a performance to deliver, it's not just your muscles and heart that are called upon, but also your nervous system. While the…
ConcussionRehabilitationMaxime
1 January 2017

The Q-Collar: A new concussion prevention tool

The Q-Collar: a novelty in concussion prevention? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist These days, more and more means are being deployed to prevent sports injuries. In field hockey, several strategies were successful,…
LéandrePostureTraining
22 December 2016

Posturology, a revolution in Quebec sports?

Posturology, a revolution in Quebec sports? LÉANDRE Sports biomechanicsYou may have been struck recently by the appearance of posturologists in the entourage of athletes you follow. Posturology is in fact…
RehabilitationConcussionEve fish
15 December 2016

Exercise: an approach to recovery from post-concussion syndrome

Exercise: an approach to recovery from post-concussion syndrome ÈVE Physiotherapist Concussion management has been a constantly evolving concept in recent years. To date, physical and mental rest has been described…
MaximeInjury preventionTraining
21 November 2016

Feet: often neglected!

Feet: often neglected! MAXIME Sports physiotherapist The physical preparation of field hockey players is essential to maintain and develop the physical qualities needed to optimize performance. A body part often…
ConcussionEve fishMic morin
14 November 2016

The impact of the cervical spine on concussion symptoms

The impact of the cervical spine on concussion symptomsÈVE POISSON MIC MORINPhysiotherapistsMild traumatic brain injury (MCTBI), or concussion as it is commonly known, is a major concern for health professionals…
SkatingMaxime-en
20 September 2016

The arm movement is often poorly taught

The arm movement while skating is often poorly taughtMAXIME Sport physiotherapist Moving at a fast pace on a slippery surface in boots that rely on blades of about 3.2mm wide…
Genevieve riouxPOWER SUPPLY
11 August 2016

Pre-training camp nutrition to maximize performance

Pre-training camp nutrition to maximize performance GENEVIÈVE Dietitian-nutritionist What do I need to eat to give my best? Should I have breakfast? How many snacks should I have? Should I…
Mathieu LanouecardiovascularPhysical qualities
9 August 2016

Aerobic development in team sports

Aerobic development in team sports MATHIEU Kinesiologist Improving cardiovascular capacity in team sports (field hockey, soccer, basketball, etc.) is crucial to being able to repeat fast, explosive actions (sprints) without…
RehabilitationMaximeInjury prevention
27 June 2016

Groin pain: is flexibility always to blame?

Groin pain: is flexibility always to blame? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist Groin injuries are very common among field hockey players and, although they can be very incapacitating, they do not systematically lead…
TrainingPDHPhysical qualities
20 June 2016

Unilateral vs. bilateral training for field hockey players

Unilateral vs. bilateral training for field hockey players PATRICK Exercise physiologist Generally speaking, field hockey players train mainly for strength and power, two important components of athletic development The skate…
LéandreGOALKEEPERS
16 June 2016

How do you train hand-eye coordination?

How do you train hand-eye coordination?LÉANDRE Biomechanics In a previous article, hand-eye coordination was described as a motor skill essential to good performance in the goalkeeper position. Our understanding of…
GOALKEEPERSLéandre
6 June 2016

Hand-eye coordination: the goalkeeper’s tool par excellence

Hand-eye coordination: the goalkeeper's tool par excellence LÉANDRE Sports biomechanics The athletic qualities required of a goalkeeper are varied and often complex. Trainers compete with each other to find new…
Physical qualitiesSkating techniqueLéandre
19 May 2016

Muscular work on the front skate push

Muscular work on the front skate push LÉANDRE Sports biomechanics Field hockey players spend their summers training to improve their performance on the ice. The main aspect that most players…
Leandre-en
10 May 2016

Why is a good field hockey player not necessarily a good ice cross downhill rider?

Why is a good field hockey player not necessarily a good ice cross downhill rider?LÉANDRESport biomechanistMany field hockey players have tried to do the switch between high level field hockey…
Léandre
10 May 2016

Why field hockey players are not necessarily good descenders

Why aren't field hockey players necessarily good descenders? LÉANDRE Sports biomechanicsMany field hockey players have tried their hand at Ice Cross Downhill, believing that being one of the fastest on…
Training
5 May 2016

Early specialization vs. diversification among young people

Early specialization vs. diversification among young people? YANNICK Master's student in the study of human movement Competition levels are at an all-time high among young people involved in sporting activities,…
children
5 May 2016

Early sport specialization vs divertification in youth athletes

Early sport specialization vs diversification in youth athletes YANNICK Master student in human kinetic The level of competitiveness in youth sports is on the rise, causing more competitive events at…
RehabilitationMaxime
29 March 2016

Anterior cruciate ligament rupture in field hockey

Anterior cruciate ligament rupture in field hockey? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist Although the knee is the second most frequently injured body part among NCAA(1) players and the third most frequently injured…
injuryMaxime
26 January 2016

Checking: Who’s right?

Check: who's right? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist The optimal age for the introduction of body checking in field hockey has always been a controversial subject(1). In recent years, regulatory changes have…
MaximeThe throw
10 December 2015

Striking: the technique of the elite

Striking: The technique of the elite? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist The slap shot is the weapon of choice for National Hockey League defensemen to score goals from the blue line. The…
ConcussionMaximeInjury prevention
10 November 2015

Is there such a thing as an anti-concussion helmet?

Is there such a thing as an anti-concussion helmet? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist When you're shopping for a field hockey helmet, you're probably looking for one that will provide extra protection…
LéandreGOALKEEPERSThe throw
3 November 2015

The secret to scoring goals

The secret to scoring goals LÉANDRE Sports biomechanics In light of the revelations made in a previous article, it's now clear that goalies anticipate the puck's trajectory based on the…
Skating techniqueMaxime
22 October 2015

Arm movement often poorly taught

Arm movement... often poorly taught? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist Moving quickly on a very slippery surface in boots that rest on blades around 3.2 mm wide is a daunting task. Skating…
GOALKEEPERSLéandre
29 September 2015

Making a stop, a question of observation

Making a stop, a question of observation LÉANDRE Sports biomechanics We know that a goalkeeper's speed of response is not just a reflex, but a conscious process of information processing…
Leandre-enGoalie
29 September 2015

Making a save is a matter of observation

Making a save is a matter of observation LÉANDRE Sport biomechanist It is known that the speed response of goalies is not just a matter of reflex, but is also…
RehabilitationMaxime
21 September 2015

Concussion: the importance of identifying it

Concussion: the importance of identifying it? MAXIMESports physiotherapistConcussions in sport have received a lot of media attention in recent years. Fortunately, more and more research is being carried out on…
Injury preventionPhysical qualitiesMathieu Lanoue
16 September 2015

The role of stretching in warming up

The role of stretching in warming up MATHIEU Kinesiologist Static, passive and prolonged stretching during warm-up has long been seen as an asset for injury prevention and performance enhancement. However,…
Maximerecovery
8 September 2015

Ice bath: not as good as you thought?

Ice bath: not as good as you think? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist There are several methods used by athletes on a daily basis for recovery after exercise. They are usually used…
JocelynRehabilitationinjury
4 September 2015

Frequent shoulder injuries

Frequent shoulder injuries JOCELYN Physiotherapist Given that field hockey is a contact sport, and that some contact injuries can be quite severe, traumatic injuries are very common. The shoulder is…
MaximeRehabilitationinjury
27 August 2015

Frequent knee injuries

Frequent knee injuriesMAXIMESports physiotherapistThere's no doubt that skating is an art that field hockey players must perfect throughout their careers if they hope to reach the top. To do so,…
LéandreGOALKEEPERS
16 July 2015

Understanding reaction time

Understanding reaction time? LÉANDRE Sports biomechanics Reaction time is a very important measure in sports, where speed of execution and decision-making are key determinants of performance. Although this concept is…
SimonSkating technique
22 June 2015

Biomechanics of front skate weight transfer

Biomechanics of front skate weight transfer SIMON Sports biomechanics In a previous article, we explained that the fastest players are those who favor maximum extension of the hip, knee and…
RehabilitationMaxime
17 June 2015

Preventing field hockey injuries

Preventing field hockey injuries? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist Daily exercise is part of a winning recipe for keeping fit and healthy. While the positive repercussions of youth sports are innumerable, it…
LéandreTrainingPhysical qualities
8 June 2015

Weight training before puberty

Weight training before puberty: Is it really dangerous? LÉANDRE Sports biomechanics Weight training is often not recommended for teenagers who have not reached puberty. The main reasons given are possible…
Leandre-enPhysicalchildren
8 June 2015

Strength training for teenagers: is it really dangerous?

Strength training for teenagers: Is it really dangerous? LÉANDRE Sport biomechanist Strength training is often not recommended for teenagers who have yet reached puberty. The main reasons for this are…
Skating techniqueSimonbiomechanics
1 June 2015

Biomechanics of skating: the importance of an efficient thrust

Biomechanics of skating: the importance of an efficient thrustSIMONSports biomechanicsForward skating is definitely one of the most important determinants of a field hockey player's performance. As mentioned in a previous…
LéandrePhysical qualities
3 May 2015

Muscular power and vertical jump

Muscular power and vertical jump? LÉANDRE Biomechanics The vertical jump has long been the physical test par excellence for determining the muscular strength of field hockey players. Does an individual's…
RehabilitationMaxime
3 May 2015

What if the hip was the culprit?

What if the hip was the culprit? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist   In previous articles, we looked at some of the risk factors for groin injuries and ways to prevent them.…
PhysicaltestingLeandre-en
3 May 2015

Lower limb power and vertical jump

Lower limb power and vertical jump LÉANDRE Sport biomechanist The vertical jump is, for a very long time, the ultimate physical test to determine the muscular power of field hockey…
Maxime-eninjury
3 May 2015

What if the hip was guilty?

What if the hip was guilty? MAXIME Sport physiotherapist In previous articles, we discussed some risk factors for groin injuries and ways to prevent them. Beyond prevention, if there's still…
MaximeTurnSkating technique
28 April 2015

Why is it easier to turn left?

Why is it easier to turn left? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist In a field hockey match, various skating techniques are used to counter the opponent. A technique of choice for quickly…
SkatingMaxime-en
28 April 2015

Why is it easier to turn left?

Why is it easier to turn left?MAXIMESport physiotherapistIn field hockey, various skating techniques are used to beat an opponent. The technique of rapidly changing direction while maintaining a good speed…
DepartureRehabilitationMaximeSkating technique
23 March 2015

Forward start and hip position

Forward start and hip position MAXIME Sports physiotherapist For field hockey players, the groin and hip are a prime area for overuse injuries. During the various ice-skating movements, a great…
SkatingMaxime-eninjury
23 March 2015

Face start and hip position

Forward start and hip position MAXIMESport physiotherapistFor field hockey players, the groin and hip region is more likely to become injured due to over usuage. During the various ice skating…
MaximeHipRehabilitation
23 February 2015

How to reduce the risk of groin injury

How to reduce the risk of groin injury MAXIME Sports physiotherapist As discussed in a previous article, hip adductor/abductor strength ratio is an important predictor of groin injuries. In fact,…
MaximeThe throw
15 January 2015

The art of throwing: Precision or power?

The art of throwing: precision or power? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist When you look at the NHL's sharpshooters, it can seem very simple to shoot a puck into the top corner.…
Maxime-eninjury
8 January 2015

Field hockey player’s groin injury

Field hockey player's groin injury MAXIME Sport physiotherapist When preparing for physical activity, field hockey players must perform specific sport related exercises in order to increase his performance and reduce…
HipRehabilitationMaximeInjury prevention
5 January 2015

Groin injuries in field hockey players

A groin injury in a field hockey player? MAXIME Sports physiotherapist In his physical preparation, the field hockey player must take into account the specificities of the sport to enhance…

The SciencePerfo method

A proven scientific approach

As part of a research project conducted at Université Laval, we were able to compare the development of players in two sport-study field hockey programs: one group using the SciencePerfo method, the other training using a traditional method. After one year, the study showed significantly greater improvements for players who had followed tailor-made programs provided by SciencePerfo.