Mon, Nov 30, 2015
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The Demands of Gaelic games - Kieran Collins

How can coaches prescribe training if the demands of the game are unknown? The data outlined below is old data and from experience does not wholly reflect the Gaelic games in 2012. Applied practitioners require the updating of the information outlined below.... keep reading


Work Rate Analysis of Elite Hurling Match-Play - Kieran Collins

Global positioning system (GPS) monitoring of movement patterns is a method for quantifying the work-rate of athletes. This data provides a conceptual framework for the development and prescription of sport specific training regimes... keep reading


Seasonal Variation in Anthropometric and Performance Characteristics of Elite Hurling Players - Kieran Collins

The seasonal change in anthropometric and performance characteristics is well documented in many team sports though no data are available on elite hurlers. The information may be useful in identifying effectiveness of training regimen.... keep reading


An Examination of Home-Field Advantage In Gaelic Football 2001 – 2010 - Kieran Collins and Rob Carroll

The existence of home-field advantage has been examined and established in a number of international sports (Clarke, 2005; Pollard, 2006). The aim of the current study was to examine if home-field advantage applied in Gaelic Football... keep reading


Heads Up - Paul Carke

Very often the most effective open or game-based drills can be among the most simple on paper. That is not to say though that simple means easy. The drill below covers and trains a lot of game demands, both physical and from a game-sense point of view.... keep reading


Can ACL Injury be Prevented - Enda King

“I was going up for a ball and when I landed down on my right leg, my knee fell inward and I felt extreme pain. I found it very difficult to walk and it blew up like a bubble very quickly”...keep reading


The Force is Strong in Them! - Paul Clarke

Invariably when we distil on-field performances to determine the best field sport players we see that the best players are also the best movers. They tend to have wonderfully developed acceleration, deceleration, agility, balance .... keep reading


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rehabilitation in Practice! - Dave O'Sullivan

As we are all too aware there are many victims to ACL injury in the GAA. High profile victims include the players below among many others. The following video is a case study from our expert contributor Dave O’Sullivan... keep reading



10,000 hours to mastery....or is it 4,672????? - Paul Clarke

Ever since Daniel Coyle (The Talent Code) suggested that 10,000 hours of preparation/training is the magic number in terms of attaining mastery level at a chosen discipline internet blogs, Twitter tweets and Facebook updates have been alive with debate as to the merits and flaws in this line of thought. .... keep reading


Training Vs Coaching - Martin Kennedy

If you are an athlete or player participating in any level in sport in Ireland have you been trained or coached throughout your sports career? There is a difference as...keep reading


Fitness Testing in the GAA - Barry Solan
Fitness testing is now widespread at all levels throughout the GAA from club underage to senior inter county. ...keep reading


Why? - Paul Clarke

Probably one of the best skills any player can develop is the art of critical thinking and the ability to ask “why?” and “why not?”. That’s not to say that players question every decision and every statement made by their coaches.... keep reading



Major Phases of the Kicking Skill - Stuart Lierich

It is fair to say that the grip and subsequent drop of the football to the kicking leg are paramount in determining accuracy and distance. This perhaps is the most important step in preparing to kick....keep reading


Coaching – more than drills and games?? - Paul Clarke

Every successful coaching program is built with for main pillars as it mainstay; Physical, technical, tactical and mental. Very often it is the mental pillar which receives the least attention, more often than not due to lack of understanding on the coach’s part..... keep reading


Taking On Your Man - Paul Clarke

Whether playing against a blanket defence or simply working the ball from defence, the ability to gain possession and then take on and beat a man is hugely valuable in Gaelic Football... keep reading


Periodisation of Hurling Training - Kieran Collins

Coaches and hurlers are constantly seeking new methods to improve skill and performance, hurlers must prepare through a training process where the physiological objective is to improve physiological function and optimise performance... keep reading



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