Not all hockey players have 2 hours to warm up before a game. However, this that doesn’t excuse you from doing a proper warm up. Most arenas will allow for a 5-minute on ice warm up before a game, this simply isn’t enough to get your body to it’s best ability to play ice hockey. Understandably some of us have kids and or work which prevents us from putting more time into pre-game routines. Do your best to arrive at the rink with enough time to warm up, jog, stretch or what ever you need to do to get your muscles warm and ready to play hockey.
One of the most neglected aspects for hockey is cooling down after the game. Doing the same or similar stretches that you did before the game will help you body recover oxygenate your muscles and get you ready for the next day.
Let’s take a look at some essential warm-up exercises and stretches that hockey players of all levels and ages should do.