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)


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