Participation in ice hockey in the United States has increased exponentially over the past ten years with growth from 445,245 to 542,583 (+21.9%). Additionally, growth in non-traditional hockey markets (Washington DC, Oregon, Arizona, and Texas) have seen the most drastic increases (100-230%). With this rise in participation, and the inherently physical nature of the sport, education of those in charge of the evaluation and management of this patient population needs to follow suit.

This one-day course will include lecture and lab demonstration to explore the unique challenges of evaluating and managing injuries in the ice hockey athlete. Topics will range from the biomechanical and physiological demands of the sport to how to properly evaluate, treat, and safely return the athlete to the ice. This will include proper off-ice and on-ice progression and return to sport testing.

At the conclusion of this course, the clinician will understand the unique demands placed upon the ice hockey player (which varies drastically depending on position played), how to assess common injuries in this population, and how to safely and effectively progress the athlete back to the ice.


John Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the what, how, and when of injuries to ice hockey players
  • Know the pertinent sport and position specific biomechanics of ice hockey players and how this impact contact and non-contact injuries
  • Understand the position specific bioenergetics and how this should impact your training and rehabilitation program
  • Be able to accurately and efficiently evaluate common injuries to the upper and lower quarter in this patient population
  • Be able to appropriately progress end stage rehabilitation based on position off-ice and during on-ice progression
  • Understand the impact of psychosocial, prior injury, functional testing, and level of competition on return to sport


Day 1

09:00 – 09:45 Introduction and epidemiology of ice hockey injury
09:45 – 11:00 Sport & Position-Specific Biomechanics
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Sport & Position Specific Bioenergetics
12:00 – 12:45 Evaluation of Upper Quarter Pathology (Lecture/Lab)
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:00 Evaluation of Lower Quarter Pathology (Lecture/lab)
15:00 – 16:00 Off-ice Return to Sport Progression (Lecture/Lab)
16:00 – 16:15 Break
16:15 – 17:15 On-ice Return to Sport Progression
17:15 – 18:00 Return to Sport Considerations (Lecture/Lab)

Scheduled Dates

I am currently scheduling for 2019. Please contact me below if you are interested in hosting The Athlete’s Hip or Management of the Ice Hockey Athlete at your facility.

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