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    Canadian World Jr Training Camp Nike Sparq Testing

    Just finished participating in the Canadian World Jr training camp in Newfoundland. It was a unique experience to participate in the camp and meet Canada's top and up-and-coming talent. I was a member of the trainers providing the athletic testing.

    The Nike Spark testing for hockey consists of:
    -20 metre sprint
    -2 hop jump
    -Rotational MB Throw
    -Shuttle Cross Pick-up
    -Yo-Yo Intermit Recovery, Level 1

    It will be interesting to test my own athletes in the near future and compare the result.

    I will be adding my thoughts and perspective to this thread over the next few weeks as I review the event.

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    Was this part of Team Canada testing as well for hockey?
    I know it was done last week in same location and am wondering if it was connected?

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    Hi Ange,

    Yes Team Canada would utilize this data as well but it was a Nike Sparq initiative. I am not sure if Team Canada performed any other testing at the event?

    This was the first evaluation camp for Team Canada World Jr. invites with the annual Red vs. White format. Approximately 42-44 players are invited to camp - with the players broken up into two team of 22-24. The Red and White teams are kept apart from one another the entire time they are at camp with the exception of competition and testing.

    Daniel LaJoie

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    Quote Originally Posted by nap View Post
    Just finished participating in the Canadian World Jr training camp in Newfoundland. It was a unique experience to participate in the camp and meet Canada's top and up-and-coming talent. I was a member of the trainers providing the athletic testing.

    The Nike Spark testing for hockey consists of:
    -20 metre sprint
    -2 hop jump
    -Rotational MB Throw
    -Shuttle Cross Pick-up
    -Yo-Yo Intermit Recovery, Level 1

    It will be interesting to test my own athletes in the near future and compare the result.

    I will be adding my thoughts and perspective to this thread over the next few weeks as I review the event.
    I helped to run some of the Sparq tests (SLJ) back in 2005 (based out of a Velocity SP center) at the Nike outdoor nationals (high school track) in Greensboro, NC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pioneer View Post
    I helped to run some of the Sparq tests (SLJ) back in 2005 (based out of a Velocity SP center) at the Nike outdoor nationals (high school track) in Greensboro, NC.
    What was the protocol for Track Testing other than the sprints?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nap View Post
    What was the protocol for Track Testing other than the sprints?
    I can't recall everything but I believe in addition to a standing lj there was also a OHB-overhead backwards- med ball or power ball throw.

    I'll see if I can find the info. I had.

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    Man does Nike try to turn everything into a combine. Seems like hockey selected players fine for a long time without them. Now we have combines for that too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedcoach View Post
    Man does Nike try to turn everything into a combine. Seems like hockey selected players fine for a long time without them. Now we have combines for that too?
    Dude you know there trying to get there hands into everything. I mean EVERYTHING!

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedcoach View Post
    Man does Nike try to turn everything into a combine. Seems like hockey selected players fine for a long time without them. Now we have combines for that too?
    I work with hockey athletes predominantly over 500 a year, and they are like all other sports athletes - in great need of proper training. If there is a sport that is over-trained or undertrained its hockey!

    Nike Sparq campaign is a very good start in this education process as majority of the testing is power based - the coaches designing the programs and developing the testing protocol are strength and conditioning coaches in the sport of hockey.

    All testing to athletes is made available for free and can also be done individually by the athlete. Nike has created a Sparq testing site where athletes are able to see their results and compare. There are other resources there for those athletes who need some direction and training ideas.

    I think it is a great initiative for hockey and hats off to Nike and Sparq for getting involved!

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    No insult

    I am just amazed what these guys get into. Obviously Nike does it for their own business, but you are correct that it is a bit of a neglected market. I think most of what I have seen falls under over training of athletes in hockey. Too much exposure and conditioning. I guess I look at it from a stand point that the process like national selects does a pretty solid job of rating talent. I just hope the hockey doesn't turn into the monster that combines have for football. I see too many combine babies in football, great testers, bad players.

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