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Evaluation and Management of the Ice Hockey Athlete – Vancouver 2022

1 Day Only

Participation in ice hockey 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 a 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.

General Course Objectives

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 impacts 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

Course Schedule

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)

Your Instructors

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Your Instructor

John Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

John has worked in various outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine environments but specializes in the treatment of athletes with hip pain and more specifically ice hockey athletes. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree from Youngstown State University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

After practicing for several years, he became board certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He currently manages a private practice in Columbus, Ohio that caters to an athletic patient population. When not treating patients, he lectures nationally and internationally on topics focused on the management of The Athlete’s Hip and The Ice Hockey Athlete and manages his website ( that provides educational material for physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other allied health professions.

A Match Made in Hockey Heaven

This course will occur on Friday, the day before our paired course, The Athlete's Hip.

When you add both courses to your cart, use the code: AchyBreakyHips and you'll receive a $140 DISCOUNT off your three-day delve into Hockey & Hip mastery!

Evaluation and Management of the Ice Hockey Athlete – Vancouver 2022


Sep 16th, 2022
9:00- 5:00 (subject to change)
Location: Vancouver Area, BC