Dr. Mike Bracko

Sports Physiologist • Skating Coach

Dr. Mike Bracko

Sports Physiologist • Skating Coach

Research

The Institute for Hockey Research (IHR) is the only organization in the world that has a dedicated research agenda for the scientific investigation of hockey.

Mike Bracko at Hockey Research Convention

The primary focus of the research is female hockey. The IHR was the first organization to present data-based research on elite female hockey players (Meetings of the American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL., June 1998). The Institute for Hockey Research was the first organization to publish research on female hockey players: Bracko, M.R. On-ice performance characteristics of elite and non-elite female ice hockey players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Vol 15, #1, pages 42 - 47, 2001.

  • Off-Ice fitness (Vertical Jump, 40 Yard Dash, Upper Body & Torso Strength)

  • Anthropometric Measurements (performed by Tina Geithner, PhD, Assist. Prof., Gonzaga University)

  • On-Ice Skating Performance (Acceleration, Speed, and Agility) and On-Ice Fitness Testing (Modified Repeat Sprint Skate Test: Anaerobic Power & Capacity, Heart Rate & Recovery Heart Rate, Lactic Acid Production and Recovery).

Other teams and organizations that IHR has conducted on and off-ice performance testing:

  • 2007, 2003 and 1999 U.S.A. Men's Deaf Olympic Hockey Team.

  • American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Hearing Impaired) (Chicago), 1997 - Present.

  • Select Members of the 1996/97 Canadian National Women's Hockey Team

  • Olympic Oval High Performance Female Hockey Program (Calgary), 1996/97

  • Peace Air Navigators Jr. Hockey Team (Peace River, AB), 2000.

  • Crowchild Female Bantam Midgets (Calgary), 1998/99

  • Confederation Female Atom/Pee Wees (Calgary), 1998/99

  • Confederation Female Novices (Calgary)

Other Research by Dr. Bracko

 

 

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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