Original Research: PDF OnlyOff-Ice Resisted Sprints Best Predict All-Out Skating Performance in Varsity Hockey PlayersThompson, Kyle M.A.1; Safadie, Abdul1; Ford, Josh2; Burr, Jamie F.1 Author Information 1Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; and 2Department of Athletics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada Address correspondence to Jamie F. Burr, burrj[email protected]. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: October 30, 2020 - Volume - Issue - doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003861 Buy PAP Metrics Abstract Thompson, KM, Safadie, A, Ford, J, and Burr, JF. Off-ice resisted sprints best predict all-out skating performance in varsity hockey players. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000–000, 2020—Off-ice fitness testing is commonly used to predict the physiological abilities of ice-hockey players. Although there is a notable association between certain off-ice tests of jump power and anaerobic capacity with on-ice skating acceleration (r = 0.3–0.7), it is likely that off-ice tests which more closely resemble the demands of skating will have better predictive ability of this skill. The aim of the current study was to compare the suitability of common off-ice fitness tests and off-ice resisted sprints for predicting 15-m on-ice skate time. Male and female varsity-level hockey players performed a battery of common off-ice fitness tests, resisted sprints, and on-ice 15-m sprints over 3 testing days. At least moderate correlations between off-ice tests and on-ice sprints were observed for all common fitness tests (all p ≤ 0.002): Wingate peak power (r = −0.65), Wingate fatigue rate (r = −0.53), vertical jump (r = −0.52), and broad jump (r = −0.61), with resisted sprint tests showing the strongest associations (off-ice 15-kg resisted sprint (r = 0.79) and off-ice 30-kg resisted sprint (r = 0.74)). In multivariate analysis, stepwise regression revealed the 15-kg resisted sprint as the sole meaningful predictor of on-ice sprint time (R = 0.79, R2 = 0.62; p ≤ 0.001). We conclude that resisted off-ice sprints have better predictive ability of on-ice skate time compared with commonly used off-ice tests. Resisted sprinting can be used by strength and conditioning staff as an indicator of on-ice acceleration ability during periods of limited access to on-ice facilities or as a component of fitness testing. Copyright © 2022 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association.