Where Science Meets Skating
At Apex Skating, we are passionate about the science of high performance hockey development. We bring the latest technology to the rink, applying methods backed by research, evidence and experience to each individual player. Combined with our team’s decades of playing and coaching hockey, we provide a training experience like no other for every player who steps on the ice with us.
Joint Range of Motion
Everything starts with how well a player moves. We use 3-D motion capture to perform a kinematic analysis on every athlete. By understanding how each joint moves and how they all work together to move the athlete up and down the ice, we can target our training interventions for individualized performance improvements.
Players who move efficiently while generating high levels of force are nearly unstoppable. Our foot pressure mapping technology gets us as close to the ice as possible. We measure how much force comes down through the kinetic chain, into the skate, through the blade and onto the ice. Stride by stride, millisecond by millisecond, we drill into the details of each player’s force production.
Hockey is a game of organized chaos. To keep up with the puck, players constantly shift their center of mass outside of their base of support to change directions. Without well-tuned balance skills at the neural and muscular level, the player risks injury or falling behind as the game intensifies at each stage of development. Apex Skating’s video analysis helps players develop their kinesthetic understanding and control during the high speed, mulitdirectional maneuvers that make our sport so exciting yet so demanding.
A difference of a few hundredths of a second at one end of the ice can quickly result in a difference of one goal at the other. Acceleration means separation, making acceleration one of the most important skill sets on both sides of the puck. Our wireless motion capture sensors include accelerometers that monitor each part of the kinetic chain. We follow those movements all the way down to the ice and then work our way back up, identifying where athletes need to move their body better so they can move more explosively.