Laura Stamm's Power Skating

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Human Kinetics, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 225 pages
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Hockey is played faster every year. Players are bigger, stronger, faster, and more skilled than ever. Those who can't maintain the pace have little chance of making it at the higher levels.

Laura Stamm's Power Skating, Third Editionwill help you develop explosive speed with Stamm's proven techniques that have helped thousands of skaters at all levels of the game become great skaters. It also provides you with practice drills that will help you hone and transfer that speed to game situations.

Laura Stamm has taught the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils, and other teams around the world have employed her Power Skating System as well. Thousands of amateur and pro players—including many NHL stars—learned directly from Stamm how to increase their speed, ability, and efficiency on the ice.

In this updated edition of her popular power skating book, Stamm introduces additional coverage of the topics most important to today's hockey coaches and players. She explains everything from how to select proper skates and equipment for superior skating to all the critical components of explosive skating:

- Balance for stability and speed
- Explosiveness through greater force application
- Starts for a step advantage on the opposition
- Forward stride for a more aggressive attack
- Backward stride for mobility on defense
- Crossovers for split-second change of direction
- Stops for being able to halt on a dime
- Turns and transitions for multi-directional moves
- Agility for maximum coverage of the ice
- Training for faster and more powerful skating

Nearly 300 drawings and photographs illustrate skating skills from the basic to the complex. And for each maneuver you'll also find a detailed explanation of how to perform the skill, plus proven drills and exercises to help you practice that maneuver. The exercises progress from the simplest to the most difficult and include special pointers for coaches.

Every great hockey player skates powerfully and is able to get in position to make the key play. Laura Stamm's Power Skatingwill give you that explosive edge on the competition.

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About the author (2001)


Internationally renowned power skating coach Laura Stamm has been coaching hockey players for 30 years. The first woman ever to coach a major league professional hockey player, Stamm has shown the hockey world how important skating technique is to a player's success. She has worked with college and youth hockey players, U.S. Olympic team members, and professional players representing most National Hockey League (NHL) teams.

Laura Stamm has taught the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders, and the New Jersey Devils. Her Power Skating System has been employed by prestigious teams around the world. Stamm has taught thousands of amateur and pro players how to increase their speed, ability, and efficiency on the ice, including many NHL stars.

A champion athlete in ice dancing and tennis, Stamm majored in physiology at Cornell University and went on to teach high school biology and physics. In 1971 she became a power skating coach at a summer hockey school directed by then-NHL stars Rod Gilbert and Brad Park. She went on to coach rookie New York Islander star Bob Nystrom. Her enormous success with him led to coaching assignments with other teams in the NHL and WHA (World Hockey Association).

Stamm currently conducts power skating clinics throughout the United States and Canada for players of all ages and abilities. She is the author of two successful earlier editions of this book, two other books, dozens of articles, and two instructional videos on power skating; she is also a noted speaker and TV personality.

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