By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/19/12
As the Flyers’ head trainer and strength and conditioning coach, Jim McCrossin has worked with some of the world’s elite hockey players.
And after working for many years with training guru Pat Croce, McCrossin has used many training tools and equipment in his career. One he recommends as highly as any is The Stik, a training device recently re-introduced to the public.
The Stik – available in three sizes at prices of $39.95, $49.95 and $59.95 – is easy to use in any location and convenient to carry. It is being employed by lacrosse players due to its ability to build strength, flexibility and elasticity in the arms, hands, wrist and grip.
McCrossin first began using it in his training centers with Croce – who later became the Philadelphia 76ers President – in the late 1980s. In recent years, after The Stik was upgraded, Flyers such as Claude Giroux and Mike Richards (now a Stanley Cup champion with the Los Angeles Kings) began using The Stik for rehab and training purposes.
McCrossin said he and Croce, considered one of the leading rehabilitation experts in the field at the time, recommended The Stik for their clients in over 40 rehab/training locations. Now, McCrossin has seen so much value by using The Stik he has become a partner in the company.
The Stik can help lacrosse players build strength to improve the speed and of their shot, fend off players, improve their strength at the face-off X, tighten their cradle and strengthen their check. (See story posted Monday).
The Stik is also being used for rehabilitation for high school athletes, and for people of all ages. Click here to go to Thestik.com to learn more about this product.
“We utilized it in 40 locations in 11 states for physical therapy,” said McCrossin. “People used it for anything from elbows to finger tips in rehabilitation. So I was happy when Buck came to me six years with the (upgraded) Stik.
“Ice hockey is a lot like lacrosse. You are holding a stick in your hands and there is not much difference in the snap of a snapshot to our wristshot in our sport.
“It is a part of our team’s conditioning and they like to take it on the road for because it is so accessible.
McCrossin said Giroux, Richards and Briere have regularly used The Stik as rehabilitation tools for hand injuries in the past few years.
“You Look at your body as a whole; you have to condition the entire body,” McCrossin said. “Hockey or lacrosse players are not very different with the forearms that snap the shot.
“Everything transpires through the core, but the final snap uses the wrist and extensions such as the flexors. There is no better way to do it than through The Stik. And it’s not like heavy dumbbells; you can put it into your bag.”
McCrossin said The Stik is ideal for a high school lacrosse player trying to gain strength.
“We used to take old hockey sticks and put on 10-pound weights and do wrist rolls,” McCrossin said. “Now we can work those muscles with a device that consolidates everything into one piece.
“The battles in hockey are won along the board, and on face-offs. How quickly you can snap back the puck and how well you can keep your stick from being lifted are so important.
“This is the type of device that helps you get to the next level.”