Ice hockey players

Fuel feature: Cody Reichard

What is a professional hockey player's workout regimen? What does his diet consist of?

We sat down with Indy Fuel goalie, Cody Reichard, to hear how a hockey player stays healthy on and off the ice.

How do you stay active and fit off the ice?
I've always been an active person off the ice and like to do yoga. 

As a professional athlete it’s important to fuel your body with nutrients it needs. What does your diet consist of?
My diet is comprised of a lot of vegetables and fruit - I try to eat organic when I can.

How do you prepare for game day? Any rituals?
I don't have any specific rituals, instead I just focus on warming up and become mentally ready for the game.

How does have a designated sports medicine provider benefit you as a player?
I'm set up with medical professional who can examine and treat any bumps or bruises as soon as I get off the ice.

Hockey is an aggressive sport. Why is important for young players to wear proper equipment and report injuries to their coach/ athletic trainer?
You do not perform your best if you are injured, simply put. It’s best to tell your coach as soon as possible and get everything treated, especially at a young age.

What do you like to do on your days off?
I try to relax and watch movies or sneak in a yoga class.

If you could give one piece of advice to a young hockey player what would it be?
Be determined and keep pushing yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you can't accomplish what you want to.

What are you looking forward to the most about the Fuel's inaugural season?
I actually played junior hockey in Indianapolis, so I enjoy being back here and playing in this city. And I'm definitely looking forward to playing for fans - they've given us a ton of support. 

As the official sports medicine provider to the Indy Fuel, Community Sports Medicine physicians and athletic trainers provide medical support during the Indy Fuel’s games at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, and players have access to training facilities at Community Healthplex. We check 'em so they can check 'em!