On ice tests with top skating instructors
Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:23 AM
ProSharp gathered together with the Swedish Hockey Institute and other Swedish skating instructors a dozen of the best skating coaches from Sweden among with few players. Idea was to do an on ice test with different kinds of courses. First all coaches and players skated the courses with their existing blade profile and sharpening. Then everyone's blades were profiled and sharpened according their own wishes and thoughts what they felt was the major things on their skating they felt difficult or unbalanced.
After new profile and sharpening on their skates the coaches and players were released back on the ice and same courses were skated again. Times were taken by a photo cell timing system to be able to get very accurate results. And indeed we got what we already knew is going to happen; Everyone improved their times significantly compared to the first runs before the blade profiling and sharpening.
Among the improved results on the courses all coaches and skaters also felt that their skating felt easier and more balanced thanks to the new profile on their blades. Profiles that we did for the participants were mainly Zuperior profiles and our new innovation of a 4-radius profile.
After the on ice tests we gathered into a meeting room so that everyone could share their own opinions and ideas about skating in general and which factors are important to be able to develop your skating. You can imagine when a dozen of high level coaches start to talk, that there is a lot of opinions in the air! So what we all together decided was to organize a new event later in the spring to discuss more deeper about how to develop skating and the great game of hockey!
Follow this blog to find out in the spring what the great minds (and the coaches) had to say about "developing your skating".