How do people run quicker?
Simple - increase the stride length and the strike rate of the athlete and ‘hey presto’ - you run faster!
But as coaches, how do we know how to put that theory into practice?
The speed development day will help turn that theory into practice!
The day will be split into 2 sessions, the morning session (11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.) will take us through current research/science/theory, giving the coaches (maybe for the very first time) an insight into how the body moves, when the body is at it’s mechanically most efficient and how we can coach our athletes to optimize their potential for speed.
Common ‘drills’ will be analysed to see whether they are truly preparing the body to run optimally.
The afternoon session (2 p.m. - 3/3.30 p.m.) will be on the track (either inside or outside depending on the weather), where athletes will demonstrate some of the drills which have proven to be effective in the development of speed.
This will be in the form of a workshop and coaches are invited to take part/ask questions etc etc.
The day will be led by Dr Drew Harrison (President of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport) one of the world’s leading experts in the biomechanics of track athletics and the development of speed. He is also an IAAF Level 5 coach.
This event is supported by the AAI and the University of Limerick and attendance for the day will cost just €10.
The Sports Bar, along with other on campus cafes, will be open for lunches inbetween the 2 sessions.
Venue for the 1st session (11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.): ERB-001 (in the Engineering Research Building at UL)
Venue for the afternoon session (2 p.m. - 3/3.30 p.m.) - Athletics track
In order to reserve your place, please text Hayley Harrison (Sprints & Hurdles Co-ordinator) on (087) 3734151
A map of the university with the venues marked, is attached as is one of the car parks.