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YesLanges

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  1. I'd suggest that it depends on whether your pronation is a function of being a novice skater or a function of anatomy in a more advanced/competent skater. If it's the former, a shim won't help; if it's the latter, it might.
  2. Yeah. I wear one of those instead of shoulders for everything except games. Good coverage over chest and back. For $20, you should grab it. I tried wearing it under shoulders for a game and almost passed out from overheating.
  3. I noticed that too, but I'm guessing whoever it is probably is a very good skater, just from how loosely he can get away with tying them, in addition to skipping that first eyelet.
  4. My house league has been absorbed by HNA and they're talking about resuming play in NY in January. Until then, just stick time and an HNA clinic at my home rink. My expectation is that the rinks won't even be open at all in January because everything's going to have to shut down all over again.
  5. My two leagues are talking about finishing our playoffs from last season and then starting the new season. My expectation is that none of that's going to happen and we'll be lucky just to have the rinks stay open this winter for sticks & pucks and clinics. This Covid shit's only going to get a lot worse this winter before it starts getting better.
  6. If you're worried about getting cut from skate blades, they make socks with kevlar over the calves and Achilles tendon for that. The soccer pads work great but will definitely give you a bowling pin look, especially if you already have large calves.
  7. Yup. I don't use them that way, though: I actually use two sets and position them on both sides of my shins right next to the edges of the shinguards. I'm not really worried about taking a direct shot to the back of my legs, but I stand in front of the net a lot looking for deflections and garbage goals as a center and block shots from the point as a wing, so it's the unprotected sides I'm more worried about. They're very light and offer a lot more protection than those side/calf flaps that Jofa/RBK shinguards come with. I actually wear the outside ones under that Jofa calf flap, which covers a bit of my calves, but with much thinner protection. The plastic insert in those flaps really provide no protection on the side. The soccer pad covers the area in between the edge of the shinguard and the plastic flap insert that covers the calf.
  8. I use these. Just search for "soccer shin guards." https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nike-Mercurial-Lite-Soccer-Shin-Guards-Teal-Green-L-57-to-5-11/154014770972?hash=item23dbfee71c:g:6~IAAOSwxuBfFNFU
  9. How did you determine that your problem is lactic acid? What did you do that you think fixed the problem? Lactic acid doesn't cause tightness; it causes that burning feeling in the muscle, and the muscles that are going to be most affected by lactic acid from skating are your quads (front of your thighs), not your hamstrings. Tightness and cramping is more likely caused by dehydration and by muscle imbalance between antagonistic muscles, like when your hamstrings are less developed than your quads, which is often the case with skaters. If it's dehydration, don't wait until you feel thirsty to start drinking and maybe take a potasium pill earlier in the day. If it's from a muscle imbalance, you need to take a longer-term approach and work your hamstrings in the gym on a regular basis to reduce the imbalance between them and your quads.
  10. You should try just slipping them under a compression shirt, instead of attaching them to your shoulder pads.
  11. We're probably going to have to agree to disagree, because we're starting to go around in circles, which is exactly what happened in the thread about ankle "strength" and loosening laces. All I'm saying is that I think these examples illustrate that strength can't possibly be an important component of differences in stickhandling speed. This is 100% technique-dependent and 0% strength dependent. Advanced fast stickhandling is mostly about wrist roll, blade angle, and letting the puck slide out from the heel instead of lifting the blade over the puck on every pass. If anything, more efficient, high-level wrist-rolling probably takes less strength than inefficient lower-level, bottom-hand-dominant stickhandling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ30YsZdNU8 At 1:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USQZyvVhYvs
  12. But if strength were a significant factor, how would you account for the youngest kids (probably no older than 7 or 8) who can master advanced stickhandling? Forget about the comparison to adult beer-leagers for the moment. To my mind, the fact that some highly-skilled little kids can stickhandle really fast and really well is evidence that strength really isn't a factor in stickhandling speed, especially since they're using regular pucks.
  13. Either lacrosse pads or quarterback rib pads. Padded shirts won't help you much to protect already-injured ribs. A cheaper option that works great is slipping a padded thigh insert from an old pair of pants under a compression shirt right over the injury. That's probably even better than smaller, more contoured lacross pads because you want the pad to stay flush againt your ribs and to be large enough to really spread out the impact over the largest possible area. Thigh inserts just happen to have the perfect shape to fit nice and flush over the side of a rib cage.
  14. To the extent that's true, it's for gross motor movements, not fine motor control. Otherwise, there wouldn't be any 100-lb prepubescent peewees with much faster stickhandling skills than fully-grown beer-leagers, including those who've been strength training for years.
  15. Sorry. I can't figure out how to add a new quote by editing my post. This -- as opposed to stickhandling speed -- would be exactly the kind of thing that the strength-training component of using a weighted stick would be perfect for. So, its value probably depends substantially on what you're trying to improve by training with it. It probably has a CNS component that benefits stickhandling speed and a strength component that is very useful for improving your ability to control your stick with one hand to whatever extent your inability to do so relates to forearm strength.
  16. I agree with the first part of this and it's the reason that I've previously argued (in some detail) that loosening laces doesn't "strengthen" ankle muscles, but improves your edge control by training your nervous system to improve your balance. "Muscle memory" is a misnomer, which is why you can recover most of your skating ability in a few hours after even a very long layoff and without doing any kind of ankle (or any other kind of) strength training. I disagree with the second part, only because I think that using a heavier stick is actually a form of CNS training and not really as much strength-training, at least as it relates to stickhandling speed. Admittedly, it's probably impossible to fully separate the CNS-training and strength components of using a weighted stick. The better illustration of the point would be that direct strength training of forearm muscles (through weight training) won't improve stickhandling speed; same goes for the strength component of training with a weighted stick.
  17. After destroying one stick on concrete, I've been using those plastic blade protector sleeves, which work surprisingly well and aren't noticeable at all. You just need to use some tape (front and back, not wrapped around the bottom of the blade) to secure them. When I noticed that they make a weighted metal training version, I just taped a couple of AA batteries down by the bottom of the shaft, which is the same weight as the metal weighted training version of the sleeve. It works very well, but it felt like it was going to give me lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) on my top hand, so I stopped using it.
  18. That looks to me like it's designed to allow you to choose the depth and angle that the visor sits against the helmet.
  19. Simple. Just toss them to the trainer standing by the dressing room to dry them out for you while the ice is being cut after warmups and in between periods...oh, and just tell the equipment manager that you need a new pair every week, too. I've found that wrist sweat bands make a big difference because a lot of that sweat isn't directly from your hands...it's sweat rolling down your arm. You could also try spraying or rolling on antiperspirant onto your palms if you think it's actually hand sweat.
  20. I've been skating on the deck behind my building, but today was the first time I've been able to shoot the puck at all, for obvious reasons. Since I can't risk missing a 6x4 net, I figured this 10x7 golf net would be better that not shooting at all. My rink has re-opened only for sticks & pucks and it's $35 for 1:15 for the once-a-week adults-only sessions...they have 90-min sessions for $45, but I can't stand being out there with kids. I like the Marsblades a lot better than my old frames, but the transition back to ice was still very awkward...couldn't do a fuckin' thing for the first 30 minutes back on ice. Those are 35 pool noodles strung together with a rope and some caribeners to protect the cars under the deck...got a case of 50 on eBay for like $50...they take me about 5 minutes to set up and about twice as long to break down and tie up in a big bundle. https://youtu.be/u_CZR1nwHL4 https://youtu.be/-TAuYBUgEGo
  21. In the US, all new retail products purchased by consumers come with an implied manufacturer's warranty, even though the retailer might exclude certain items from the store's warranty policy. (Whether or not it applies here, technically, depends on whether that crack renders them "unfit" for their purpose, but don't get bogged down in that legal detail and ignore that for right now.) I don't believe that CCM mentions anything about "pro stock" in its 90-day warranty for defects. They only seem to exclude gear purchased as part of team sales to professional and college teams. I don't know if it's the case that, by definition, anything marked pro stock had to have been ordered as part of a team sale, originally; but even if that's the case, I'd still contact them at warrantyccm@ccmhockey.com and just tell them you found a crack in a brand new pair of shin guards and attach a scanned photo of the receipt and see what they say. If they tell you to contact the retailer, let them know that the retailer said that you need to contact CCM. Tell them that you've been using CCM equipment exclusively for your entire hockey career without any issues, and that you'd appreciate it if they would just do the right thing for a loyal retail customer who bought one of their products that clearly has a manufacturing defect. Don't be surprised if they offer a resolution to avoid alienating a loyal retail customer, regardless of any policy about pro stock warranties. Nothing to lose but the time it takes to send an email.
  22. Since you don't really need them anytime soon, why not just exchange them? And if you bought them (new) on clearance or something and have your receipt, that's exactly the kind of thing that's covered under the manufacturer's warranty. If you're stuck with them for some reason, drill another hole just like that one slightly below the end of the crack to stop it from spreading farther down.
  23. Personally, I've only had one hard collision that was either shoulder-on-shoulder or my shoulder against a reflexive protective crosscheck. Afterwards, I had a pretty good bruise right below my shoulder and it was an area underneath the coverage of pretty beefy Jofa shoulder caps and arm pads. I'm guessing it would have been a lot worse under lighter pads. I've seen guys get tripped at speed and go shoulder-first into the boards like a bowling ball hitting pins. That would be my biggest concern without shoulder pads, with taking a high shot while screening a goalie behind that.
  24. Coverage area above everything else, because they can't protect anything they don't cover; and caps that fully surround your shoulder capsule disperse force much better than anything like those old-school Sherwoods with a flatter cap that sits right against your shoulder. I don't know that they should be mandatory, because risking orthopedic injury is a personal decision; but even in beer league, totally accidental collisions can be just as hard as any full-on, open-ice check and you don't have to get checked to get taken down in a dozen different ways a couple of feet from the boards.
  25. I love these. There are several different model numbers that are identical for all intents and purposes and I believe they all come in regular and with the longer forearm pad. I use 9144 regulars to practice, play in 5066 longs, and use 8044 (with the plastic caps) in wheels on concrete.
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