The PowerBlade Effect

Science Behind The PowerBlade

The PowerBlade is the #1 performance training hockey stick: it is the only weighted composite hockey stick in the world. The PowerBlade promotes the development of characteristics necessary to every hockey player, such as:

Peak Physical Fitness: Elite players have significant upper body strength and speed to deliver the hardest and fastest wrist and snap shots possible.

Fine-Tuned Muscle Control: These players have expert puck and stick-handling skills: handling, shooting and passing with deadly accuracy and speed.

Resilience to Injury: Great players have developed their muscles through training to resist injury in the face of strenuous activity and contact.

Enter, The PowerBlade.
Backed by years of research and development, The PowerBlade is engineered to utilize several accepted principles of kinesiology to foster player development. According to the principle of overload, greater than normal stress or load is required to increase the strength and speed of a muscle.1 Over a period of overload, the muscles adapt to the stress by becoming stronger through a process known as hypertrophy.1 The design of the PowerBlade promotes muscle development and hypertrophy with features like:

PB Shaft: The shaft of the PowerBlade delivers the perfect mix of feel, flex, and strength to generate power and facilitate haptic perception of the puck.

Tech Alloy Core: The PowerBlade is end loaded with a weighted core to add the optimal level of overload for maximum strength and skill development.

The PowerBlade Effect: How the PowerBlade changes your body.

Improved dynamic touch promotes better puck handling: Experienced players gain improve their haptic perception with training, meaning they are better able to sense the position of the puck by feel.2 The PowerBlade end loaded-weighted hockey stick makes precision activities more difficult, providing resistance and adaptation to muscles involved with dynamic touch.1,3 The result: players who use the PowerBlade feel the puck and improve their puck handling.

Increased cross-sectional area of fast-twitch muscle fibers allows for higher speed: Resistance training with the PowerBlade enlarges muscle fibers, causing the muscles to get stronger. Studies have shown that, under these resistance conditions, fast-twitch muscle fibers increase in area twice as much as slow-twitch fibers.4-6 While using the PowerBlade, your muscle cells undergo a fundamental change in physiology: increasing the proportion of fast-twitch fibers increases the speed at which the overall muscle can activate it’s myosin motors. This conversion enhances the player’s ability to perform brief, explosive activities such as stick handling and shooting a puck.7

1.) Wilmore, J.H. and Costill, D.L. Physiology of Sport and Exercise: 3rd Edition. 2005. Human Kinetics Publishing.
2.) Length Perception by Dynamic Touch: The Effects of Aging and Experience
3.) Philip Hove, Michael A. Riley, and Kevin Shockley. (2006). Perceiving Affordances of Hockey Sticks by Dynamic Touch. Ecological Psychology, 18(3), 163–189.
4.) ANDERSEN, P. (1975). Capillary density in skeletal muscle of man. Acta physiol. scand. 95, 203-205.
5.) ANDERSEN, P. & HENRIKSSON, J. (1977a). Capillary supply of the qudriceps femoris muscle of man Adaptive response to exercise. J. Physiol. 270. 677-690.
6.) ANDERSEN, P. & HENRIKSSON, J. (1977b). Training induced changes in the subgroups of human type II skeletal muscle fibers. Acta physiol. 8cand. 99, 123-125.
7.) H. J. Green, J. A. Thomson, W. D. Daub, M. E. Houston, and D. A. Ranney. (1979). Fiber Composition, Fiber Size and Enzyme Activities in Vastus Lateralis of Elite Athletes Involved in High Intensity Exercise. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. 41, 109-117.

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