In terms of popularity both with athletes and spectators, ice hockey has barely managed to progress in the past few years. The main factor for this regretable development lies in the fact that this sport cannot be performed during large parts of the season. In this part of the world good conditions for ice sports last about five months. During the remaining seven months, athletes are doomed to idleness.
The effects: training deficits, loss of technique and gaming quality. Even inline skating has not managed to establish itself as an alternative solution due to its very different patterns of movement, and has been met with little acceptance. Artificial ice by ART ICE offers an outstanding possibility to bridge the ice-free period. With this product, now for the very first time all season training can overcome the hitherto common training deficits of the summer months. And even more: All techniques required for the sport of hockey can be improved markedly during the ice-free period.
Training just like on “normal” ice
The skating techninque required for ART-ICE is identical to that required for normal artificial ice. Therefore, training on synthetic ice represents an ideal addition for athletes wishing to play hockey all year round. Beginnners are able to improve and adapt their skills much faster and more efficiently. The same muscle groups are trained, and due to the more specific requirements as regards coordination and sensors, techniques are refined. Due to the slightly greater need for power, athletes prepare themselves ideally for winter training and improve on their endurance.
All techniques for skating, braking and shooting can be performed. Whether it’s about using the inner or the outer edge of the blade, or braking hard or soft – all steps require more control and concentration, resulting in improved technique.
Special training methods
In order to improve stick handling, coordination skills can be improved by using different types of pucks. The range varies from light to heavy pucks, as well as from slow to fast ones. Stick handling can be practiced wih the use of adequate aides, and requirements in terms of coordination can be increased according to a players development. Goal keeper training plays an important role in ice hockey. With ART-ICE, one finally has the means to invest the time needed. Without being pressed for time, the goal keeper can work on his positional play and reactions. Conditioning exercises alongside shot practice increase any catch quota.
Even a small shooting range offers the possibility of improving ones technique with ice skates. Individualized training sessions for strength and technique are possible.
Eishockeytraining at it’s best
- 85% slippage compared to common ice
- Running, cornering and braking characteristics are identical to common ice
- Independent of weather and temperature
- Little maintenance required
- The panels can be used on both sides
- Simple installation without tools thanks to the puzzle-shaped panels and their click system
- Compatible with rinks of any shape and size
- Stickhandling and shooting training even on small areas possible
- Can be used all over the year or for summer training
- Efficient training of skating technique
- Home practice grounds with minimal expense and space requirements