Minnesota is the home of Dexalytics and likes to refer to itself as the State of Hockey. Hockey is key to the identity of the state so much that Minnesotans start with boys and girls high school championships that draw thousands of fans to the playoff games. The State of Minnesota also boasts 6 men’s NCAA Division I hockey teams and 6 women’s Division 1 hockey teams and countless NCAA Division III men’s and women’s hockey teams. Therefore, with the NCAA Division 1 Men’s and Women’s ice hockey championships just concluding and the NHL playoffs soon to start I thought it was the perfect time to talk about body composition and hockey.
Although the Dexalytics site contains a number of blogs on a variety of issues pertaining to DXA, as well as specific topics regarding athletes and a number of sports, there are 3 blogs pertaining directly to hockey. If you are interested in body composition and hockey, I suggest you check out these blogs:
This blog is based on a scientific paper (Czeck et al., 2022) examining the relationship between dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) determined body composition and on-ice skate performance times in 33 male and female NCAA Division I collegiate ice hockey athletes. Both male and female collegiate ice hockey athletes (forwards and defensemen) had similar on-ice skate times. The fact that total body fat percentage was correlated with on-ice skate times in both male and female collegiate hockey players, demonstrates the importance of body composition and the need for coaches, trainers, and athletes to measure body composition in this sport.
This blog is based on a scientific paper (Dengel et al., 2021) that determined body composition in 83 NCAA Division I collegiate male and female ice hockey athletes. In this blog, we examined the data on the 34 NCAA Division I female ice hockey athletes that were classified by position as goaltenders (n=6), forwards (n=18), or defensemen (n=10). All of these collegiate female ice hockey athletes had their body composition determined by dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). DXA is considered the “gold standard” for measuring body composition due to its accuracy as well as its ability to measure regional as well as total body composition. This is a great blog if you are interested in the body composition of female NCAA Division I collegiate ice hockey athletes.
This blog is a companion to the previous blog and examines the data for the 49 NCAA Division I male ice hockey athletes classified as goaltenders (n=7), forwards (n=26), and defensemen (n=16). All of these collegiate male ice hockey athletes had their body composition determined by dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). This is a great blog if you are interested in the body composition of male NCAA Division I collegiate ice hockey athletes.
Czeck, MA, Roelofs, EJ, Dietz, C, Bosch, TA, Dengel, DR: Body composition and on-ice skate times for National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I collegiate male and female ice hockey athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 36:187-192, 2022.
Dengel DR, Roelofs EJ, Czeck MA, Bosch TA: Male and female collegiate ice hockey athletes’ body composition over competitive seasons. International Journal of Sports Medicine 42:1313-1318, 2021.
About the Author
Donald Dengel, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and is a co-founder of Dexalytics. He serves as the Director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, which provides clinical vascular, metabolic, exercise and body composition testing for researchers across the University of Minnesota.