Dr. Mike Bracko

Sports Physiologist • Skating Coach

Dr. Mike Bracko

Sports Physiologist • Skating Coach

Research

Presentations

  1. Changes in Fitness and Skating Performance in Elite Female Ice Hockey Players Over Nine Years
    American College of Sports Medicine Meetings, Seattle, WA., June 2009.

  2. No More Dirty Laundry - Good News in the Fitness Industry
    American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Summit. Atlanta, GA., March 2009.

  3. Relationships Between Blood Lactate Clearance and Measures of Aerobic Capacity in Elite Women's Ice Hockey Players
    American College of Sports Medicine Meetings, Indianapolis, IN., June 2008.

  4. Office Ergonomics
    Presentation for the University of Calgary Health and Safety Team, April, 2008.

  5. Hockey: The Best of Experiences
    Keynote Presentation, Okotoks Minor Hockey Association, Okotoks, AB. April, 2008.

  6. a) The 10 Best Exercises For The Back
    b) How to Prepare and Present a 'Bang On' Fitness Presentation
    American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Summit. Long Beach, CA., March 2008.

  7. The Art and Science of Exercise Prescription
    Keynote Presentation, Meetings of the Northwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA. February 2008.

  8. a) Stretching the Truth: Myths Misconceptions about Flexibility Training
    b) Psychological Benefits of Exercise: The Forgotten Elements
    American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Summit. Dallas, TX, March 2007.

  9. Exercise is Good … And It's Good For You
    Presentation for Green Learning Academy's Education Day, Calgary, AB. September 2006.

  10. a) Barriers to High Performance in Ice Sports. Presented with Ken Rundell, PhD, FACSM, Marywood University, Scranton, PA, Deb King, PhD, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, and Carl Foster, PhD, FACSM, U of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meetings, June 2006, Denver, CO.

    b) Efficacy of Field-Testing in Sports and Occupational Physiology. Presented with Delia Roberts, PhD, FACSM, Selkirk College, Castlegar, B.C., and David Martin, PhD, Australian Institute for Sport, Belconnen, Australia. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meetings, June 2006, Denver, CO.

  11. Can We Prevent Back Injuries?
    Presentation for the North American Occupational Health and Safety Week. Calgary Chapter, Calgary, AB. May 2006.

  12. a) The Art and Science of Exercise Prescription. American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Summit, April 2006, Orlando, FL.

    b)"That's When My Back Went Out!" Causes and Prevention of Back Injuries. American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Summit, April 2006, Orlando, FL.

  13. Players, Parents, Coaches, and Coffee Cups. What's Really Important in Hockey? Keynote address for the Strathmore Bantam and Midget Year End Banquet, Strathmore, AB., Canada. March 2006.

  14. 212 Degrees of Physical Activity: What a Difference One Degree Can Make. Presentation for Cargill Wellness Program, Cargill Foods, Minneapolis, MN. November 2005.

  15. a) The Female Athlete: Performance-Related Issues. Presented with Tina Geithner, PhD, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. and Monica Torstveit, PhD, Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education, Oslo, Norway.
    American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meetings, June 2005, Nashville, TN.

    b) Work-Site Health Promotion and Occupational Physiology: Issues Relating to Performance, Productivity, and Injury Prevention. Presented with Ralph Bovard, M.D.and Nico Pronk, Ph.D., Park Nicolett Health Source, Minneapolis, MN., and Delia Roberts, Ph.D., Selkirk College, Castlegar, B.C.
    American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meetings, June 2005, Nashville, TN.

  16. Faster Hockey Players: Practical Application of Biomechanical Research. International Hockey Skating Symposium. Detroit, MI. May 2005

  17. Touching the Void: A Motivational Look at Exercise Adherence. American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Summit, March 2005, Las Vegas, NV.

  18. Safe Lifting for Injury Prevention. - Agricore United, Saskatoon, SK. February 2005

  19. Back Injury Prevention - Train-the-Trainer. Agricore United, Fort Saskatchewan, AB. November 2004.

  20. Wellness Bootcamp and the Non-athletic Employee. Keynote Address - Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion. Salt Lake City, UT. October 2004,

  21. Biomechanics of High Performance in Ice Sports Presented with Jos de Koning, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands and Deborah King, PhD, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meetings, June 2004, Indianapolis, IN.

  22. a) To Stretch or Not to Stretch . . . That is the Question!
    b) Occupational Physiology: The New Frontier.
    American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Summit. Orlando, FL. April 2004.

  23. a) Biomechanical Analysis of Women's Skating Performance.
    b) Effect on Playing Hockey on Fitness of Young Women Hockey Players.
    c) Physical Performance Characteristics of Canadian University Women's Hockey Players
    Women's Hockey: Gender Issues On and Off the Ice, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. March 2004.

  24. a) The Myth of Power Skating.
    b) Effect on Playing Hockey on Fitness of Young Women Hockey Players.
    c) Physical Performance Characteristics of Canadian University Women's Hockey Players
    Skating into the Future - 2004 Conference, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. March 2004.

  25. Back Injury Prevention and Employee Health. Agricore United General Safety Meeting, Brandon, Manitoba. March 2004.

  26. Presentations for the fitness staff of Rancho La Puerta Health Spa, Tecate, Mexico, January 2002 - 2004.

  27. Performance Testing & Talent Identification of Female Ice Hockey Players.
    Meetings of the Northwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Montana State University, Missoula, MT. March 2003

  28. a) The Art and Science of Exercise Prescription.
    b) Can We Prevent Back Injuries?
    American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Summit. Reno, NV. April 2003.

  29. Biomechanics in Skating Instruction: From Science to Practice.
    International Powerskating Summit, Detroit, MI. May 2003.

  30. Occupational and Individual Factors Involved in Injury Prevention.
    Alberta Health & Safety Conference, Calgary, AB. November 2003.

  31. Health, Wellness . . . and Lessons for Living.
    Presentation for employees of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, CA. November 2003.

  32. Myths and Truths of Stretching and Flexibility Training. American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Summit, Las Vegas, NV. April, 2001.

  33. Efficacy of On-Ice Testing in Female Hockey Players. Meetings of the American College of Sports Medicine. Indianapolis, IN. June 2000

  34. High Performance Hockey (Off-Ice Training, Skating, and Nutrition): American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association & U.S. National Deaf Hockey Team. June, 1997 to Present.

  35. High Performance Skating: Review of Research. Meetings of the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, FL. June 1998.

  36. a) Performance Characteristics of Female Hockey Players
    b) Biomechanical Characteristics of High Performance Hockey Skating
    On-Ice Testing of Hockey Players

    Meetings of the Northlands Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Mankato, MN. Oct 1 - 2, 1998

  37. Conditioning and High-Performance Skating for Hockey Officials. Canadian Hockey Association, Level VI Officials Seminar. Ottawa, ON. November 1995.

  38. Performance Enhancement for Hockey Officials. Alberta Amateur Hockey Association, Level V Officials Symposium. Calgary, AB. September, 1995.

  39. Performance Enhancement for Hockey Officials. Alberta Amateur Hockey Association, Level IV Officials Symposium. Calgary, AB. September, 1994.



 

 

Istvan Takacs, Romanian National Team, when asked what hockey taught him: "So much about life, about other people, and getting along with them. Through hockey, you learn to respect life and to value people. You learn to listen to your coach, and to your heart. You learn how to let your mind speak with your body, because the two become close after playing all these years."

 

 

 

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A monthly newsletter with practical information about skating instruction and improving skating performance for all ages. It also has information about dry-land training, nutrition, and specialized training for high performance skating. The newsletter gives useful information to parents, coaches, and players.

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