The Canada Games Sport for Life Performance Centre has quickly become Manitoba’s premiere training centre for provincial athletes. Hundreds of athletes from over 30 Provincial Sport Organizations and teams are using the Performance Centre regularly to develop their skills for upcoming competitions.
The facilities are also being used by several professionals, and elite athletes looking for premiere strength, conditioning and physiology training from the qualified Performance Centre staff.
Our newest program offering is a High Performance Hockey program for Manitobans. Take a look at the program overview and consider submitting your application.
Summer 2017 Program Overview
Prior to the start of the program in May, athletes will go through a battery of movement, body composition, strength, flexibility, speed, power and agility tests, conducted by the Performance Centre's certified strength & conditioning specialists and physiotherapists from our Sport Medicine Clinic. Follow up testing in August will compare results from the start to the finish the training program. For those athletes still playing during the May testing sessions, a second round of testing will take place in June. On-Ice testing with Sport Testing (TM) will be done in June and again in August. All performance testing data will be accessible to all athletes through www.sporttesting.com website.
Strength, Aerobic & Anaerobic Training
As athletes, we need to build a solid foundation of strength, flexibility, stamina and athleticism. Without building the foundation the athlete’s body will never be fully prepared to develop the explosive speed and power required to play hockey at its highest level. Once we build that foundation we begin to develop the key performance characteristics for hockey (speed, quickness, power and anaerobic power and capacity). Training programs are modified every 4 weeks and are personalized according to initial assessment results and personal goals.
Speed, Agility, Quickness & Explosiveness
To optimize speed, agility, quickness and explosive power, athlete’s must first have a solid foundation of:
This aspect of the athlete’s training program provides maximum carry over to the on-ice conditioning program and to improving on-ice speed, agility, quickness and power. Unique methods and training tools developed for the High Performance Hockey program will ensure that the athlete will work hard, have fun and perform to the best of their ability.
On-Ice Skills & Conditioning (3 days per week in July/August)
The ultimate preparation tool for the upcoming season. Innovative drills, unique tools and hockey coaching experience enable our team to coach our athletes to new heights on the ice. The athlete will improve explosiveness, speed, agility, quickness, shot power and overall skill. Combining the strength training with the on- ice skills, the High Performance Hockey program will enhance the athlete’s ability to fight off checks and win those important one on one battles and perform all skills at a very high tempo in game situations.
A weekly class to recover from an intense week of training. An opportunity to improve flexibility, enhance mobility and stabilize joint end ranges while focusing on breathing and relaxation.
The Sport Medicine Clinic at the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre is a full-service clinic that includes: physicians, physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, athletic therapists, dietitians, and sport psychologists. As an athlete, as part of your baseline testing, you will receive a high performance assessment from a physiotherapist to make sure your muscles and joints are functioning optimally. Further, if any ongoing treatment is needed, all of your needs can be met under one roof, to make sure you are able to prepare for your upcoming season
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What Level Are You?
Professional Group (Ages 18 and up) - athletes must be currently playing in a professional league, recently drafted to the NHL or have signed a professional contract to qualify to participate in this group...learn more
Junior/College (1997-2000 Birth Year) - athletes must be currently playing WHL or MJHL or in the Provincial Midget AAA League playing Junior in the 2017/18 season...learn more
Elite Female Group (1997-2001 Birth Year) - athletes must be currently playing AAA, Prep School, CIS or NCAA Div 1 hockey...learn more
Midget AAA Group (2000-2002 Birth Year) - athletes must be currently playing AAA or High School. We will accept AA players on a case by case basis only...learn more
Bantam AAA Group (2003-2004 Birth Year) - athletes must be currently playing AAA or AA hockey. We will accept 2004 A1 players on a case by case basis only...learn more
Peewee AA Group (2005-2006 Birth Year) - Athletes must be currently playing AA or A1 hockey...learn more