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3 Things to Remember Before Championships

USA Hockey and NCAA Hockey National Championships are this week, so I think it's a good time to remind players about the little things that make a huge difference in every competition. You have spent the last six to nine months preparing to get to Nationals. You are now there and it's time to show everyone how good you really are. Utilize these three simple concepts in order to perform at your best each and every day. 

Preparation: Do the little things each and every day that help make you successful. Get enough sleep. It is suggested that an athlete get at least 8 hours each night. Use proper nutrition at the right time. Plan for pre and post competition meals and drink enough fluids. Utilize a proper warm up both physically and mentaly before games. Use a recovery program after games. This includes ingesting a protein source immediately after, foam rolling and stretching in order to feel your best for the next game. 

Believe: Believe in yourself, your teammates and your coaches. You have gone to battle with them all season and have been successful. Continue to fight for the person sitting next to you.

Leave Everything on the Ice: This is the culmination of all of the hard work, blood, sweat and tears shed throughout the season. Don't hold anything back because there is nothing to save it for. Give your all every shift, every period and every game. Win or lose, if you did everything you could you can stand proud and know you did your best. 

Good luck to all of those playing for a National Championship this weekend.

Chris Phillips is an Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist who owns Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Lake Forest and Westminster, CA. Chris spent 17 years in professional hockey including a trip to the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.