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NEWS & UPDATES Keeping your fingertips pressed to your temples, raise your top elbow so your trunk laterally flexes as far as possible. Contract your obliques and then return along the same path back to the start position. After performing the desired number of repetitions, repeat on the opposite side. EXAMPLES OF CORE EXERCISES FOR ICE HOCKEY AN EXCERPT FROM THE NEW BOOK, DEVELOPING THE CORE The following is an exclusive excerpt from the new book, Developing the Core, the latest release in the NSCA’s Sport Performance Series with Human Kinetics. All text and images provided by Human Kinetics. The sport of hockey involves myriad skills that are essential to success. Hockey is a high-velocity anaerobic sport that involves acceleration, deceleration, abrupt stops, and explosive starts. Performing rotational movements that elicit high levels of core muscle activity is vital for a hockey player. In hockey, rotational movements occur at the hip, trunk, and shoulders. Approximately 30 to 50 percent of the force generated from rotational movement is derived from the hips and shoulders. Additionally, Wells and Luttgens demonstrated that during the slap shot, 25 percent of the force was generated from the trunk, 40 to 45 percent from the shoulders, and 30 to 35 percent from the elbow and wrist. RUSSIAN TWIST Sit on the floor with your body at approximately a 40-degree angle with the floor and knees bent. Hold your arms straight in front of you, palms facing in, core parallel to the floor. Keeping your lower body stable, turn your shoulders to one side while both feet remain on the floor. Rotate back to center and repeat to the other side. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, alternating sides with each repetition. DUMBBELL SIDE BEND Grasp two dumbbells and allow them to hang at your sides, palms facing toward your body. Assume a shoulder-width stance with a slight bend to your knees. Keeping your core tight, bend your torso to the left as far as comfortably possible. Contract your obliques and then return along the same path to the start position. Repeat on your right, then alternate sides until the desired number of repetitions is reached. Developing the Core features several other core exercises for basketball, along with exercises for baseball/ softball, football, golf, ice hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. The book is now available in bookstores everywhere, as well as online at HumanKinetics.com or at NSCA.com. TSAC CONFERENCE APRIL 15 – 17 | SAN DIEGO, CA MOVEMENT PERFORMANCE CLINIC MAY 2 – 3 | COLORADO SPRINGS, CO TRAINING FOR HOCKEY CLINIC JUNE 6 – 7 | COLORADO SPRINGS, CO NSCA NATIONAL CONFERENCE JULY 9 – 12 | LAS VEGAS, NV STABILITY BALL SIDE CRUNCH Lie sideways on top of a stability ball, feet planted firmly on the floor. Place your fingertips by your temples, elbows wide of your body, and lower your bottom elbow downward as far as comfortably possible. 6 2014 EVENTS NSCA BULLETIN | ISSUE 36.01