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Online Skating Coach Certification
by Mike Brako

Understand the 4 skating characteristics of fast hockey players


Watch videos of NHL players (or fast females) to see how players skate during a game.
Apply the research to teach biomechanically correct skating.
Develop the ability to analyze skating skills and give feedback to players for skill development/improvement.
Understand the 27 skating characteristics used during a game: forward stride, backward stride, gliding turns, x-over turns, pivots, stopping, acceleration, skating with puck, etc.

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mikebracko Mike Brako

Dr. Mike is a skating coach & sports physiologist who has specialized in hockey as a player, skating coach, researcher, and strength & conditioning coach for 35 years. He was born in Calgary, Alberta and spent 15 years in the United States having lived in Chicago, Illinois and Provo, Utah. He now lives in Calgary.

He played Junior hockey in Penticton, B.C., college hockey on a scholarship at the University of Illinois - Chicago and had a "cup of coffee" at the Calgary Flames Training Camp in 1981.

Dr. Mike earned his Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees (Physical Education & Exercise Science) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Doctor of Education degree (Exercise Science) from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. His doctoral dissertation was, "Performance Skating Characteristics of Professional Ice Hockey Forwards."

In 2002 he was honored by becoming a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. In 1995 he earned the distinction as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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