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Physiotherapy is one subject that nobody really pays attention to until something happens and you can't play. But if you want to be successful and stay injury free you will need to pay more attention to this area of your game. As the position of goaltending has evolved over the years the physical demands have also escalated. Today's goaltender must be, flexible like a gymnast and agile like an acrobat, all the time, while being on skates, carrying 20 lbs of equipment and trying to catch the puck.  Therefore  you have to be physically in top shape. If you get a small injury and don't take care of it properly, it can very quickly become a big injury that can cost you playing time.





















If there is a certain movement that can not be executed, this will only hinder your ability to stop the puck, whether it be physically or mentally. If your body does not want to do a certain position or movement, the impulses from your brain to your muscles will not be as fast. Your brain will send a signal to your muscles telling them to react, then your muscles will send a signal back to the brain saying there is an injury and not to do this movement, (we call this pain) then either your brain will send a signal back to the muscle and tell it to do the movement anyway, (This is what we call playing through the pain) or it will compensate with another movement that is similar and doesn't hurt as much (this means bad technique).



Now as many pro goalies know there are very few days when you feel 100%. Most have some sort of small injury or tight muscle that you have to play through. The trick is to mentally shut this out. The first step is to warm up properly, this will solve most small injuries, and when game time comes, and the adrenaline kicks in, then most small injuries will be forgotten. The problem is after the game finishes and the adrenaline has worn off and the pain has come back, maybe worse than before the game, this is when it is time to visit your physiotherapist and get the proper treatment so that the injury will not become a problem that will keep you out of the net.


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