Training and fitness

Warm-ups for young curlers

Posted by on November 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm

On November 6 2012 the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) published an article entitled “Get the Warm up Low-down for Kids” that highlights the importance of warm-up activities even for younger children. The need for a warmup is particularly true with curling as youngsters typically lose a substantial amount of body heat while on the […]

Nutrition tips for pre- and post-game snacks

Posted by on April 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

One thing appreciated by all of the coaches at the 2012 TimBits Provincial Curling Championships being held in Parry Sound this weekend is the quality of the post-game snacks offered to all the teams. Snacks have included fresh fruit, particularly bananas, apples, and oranges, along with granola bars and, for those with a sweet tooth, […]

Restaurant and traveling tips

Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm

The latest newsletter on nutrition in sport, published by the Coaches Association of Canada, offers useful menu ideas for traveling athletes. For example, for breakfast the recommendations are: Boiled/scrambled/poached eggs, French toast, omelettes, pancakes, waffles, English muffins, bagels, bread/toast, dry cereal, oatmeal, low-fat muffins, yogurt, cheese, fresh and dried fruit, fruit salad, unsweetened juices, low-fat […]

Sport Intelligence Research Centre offers coaching material on young children

Posted by on September 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Recently, in their September 2011 newsletter, the Sport Intelligence Research Centre published several worthwhile articles pertaining to the coaching of children. One of these, entitled “Coaching Kids Successfully: 100 Years of Motor Development Research” outlines the developmental differences between boys and girls as they advance from childhood into adolescence at differing rates and at different […]

Book review: A Pane in the Glass

Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Bill Tschirhart has been involved in coaching the sport of curling for many years. I was first introduced to Bill in 1990 when he was coach of the University of Waterloo varsity curling teams, which was Bill’s first coaching position. Since then, Bill has held coaching positions provincially and nationally, coached at both national and […]

Breathing and dynamic stretching

Posted by on September 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

In his 2009 book entitled Fit to Curl [1], John Morris of Team Kevin Martin makes clear the link between on-ice curling performance and flexibility [1, pp. 41]: While some people seem to be almost naturally elastic, flexibility – and more specifically, the kind of flexibility that will aid a curler – can be greatly […]

Why we warm up

Posted by on August 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

A “warm-up” routine is valuable for almost any physical activity, but is particularly important for curlers for two main reasons: the cool air temperature inside the rink, and the stress placed on the lower joints during a delivery. The following list of the benefits of warm-up activities was originally authored by fitness specialist Len Kravitz […]

Long-term athlete development in Canada

Posted by on July 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

In January 2010, the Canadian Curling Association published a policy document, drafted by a team that included former Canadian champions Elaine Dagg-Jackson and Melissa Soligo along with CCA Director of High Performance Gerry Peckham, Istvan Baly, Richard Way, and Sharon Delver, entitled Long-term Athlete Development for Curling in Canada. I’d like to draw the attention […]

It’s the end of May – now what?

Posted by on May 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

It’s the last week of May. You put your brush and your curling shoes away six weeks ago after the end of another season. Six weeks of, hopefully, rest and recuperation away from the curling rink. But it’s important to stay active over the summer months to stay in shape. Last week I stumbled over […]