Coaching Resources

On this page you will find some useful articles and resources to assist you in your coaching. The aim of the coaching department is to give Irish coaches a greater access to the best material available. This page will be regularly updated and will also be the site for our new quarterly coaching bulletin “Irish Athletics Coach”.

Material is grouped according to the coach education system so for example if you are an athletics leader you will find material suitable for 5-10 year olds in the Athletics leader section and so on. Some of the material are links to other websites and do not necessarily represent the views of the AAI.

Athletics Leader

Some useful web sites:

Elevating Athletics equivalent of the Little Athletics Program

Irish Primary School Athletics Web site containing lesson plans for Primary school students in athletics

Physical Literacy website at

Level 1

Coaching the Discus

Coaching the High Jump

Coaching the Shot Putt

Coaching the Javelin

Coaching the Sprint Hurdles

Long Jump Technique and Training

Triple Jump Training and Technique

Coaches Education An American site with a collection of sites on technique and training.

T&F/Athletics Site with a variety of articles on athletics

Level 2

Coaching the Steeplechase

Teaching the women’s hammer

Sports Coach UK free site with dozens of Athletics and sports science related articles of good quality

Level 3

Proper Hydration for distance runners

Speed Training

New Studies in Athletics Abstracts from the IAAF publication and details on how to order

The Coach Leading magazine with up to date coaching articles should you wish to subscribe then visit this site

- collection of articles on various sports and events and training for them

Peak Performance (Sprinting)

Peak Performance (Distance Running)

Peak Performance (Running)

Peak Performance (Field Events)

Biomechanics of the sprint start Article by leading coach Drew Harrison and Olympian Tom Comyns on the Sprint Start (from

Developing strength for Jumping events Specific strength training for jumping events (from

Isolation Drills for Sprinting Article on drills for sprinting by Drew Harrison and leading UK coach Peter Warden (from

Optimum angles of Projection for jumps and throws by Nick Linthorne one of Australia’s Biomechanists

Explosive Strength Mike and Meg Stone two of the worlds leading strength and conditioning experts look at what explosive strength is


Please Note: If you have broadband access some of these videos hosted on other sites may be of interest. Some of the elements in these videos do not necessarily reflect the views of the AAI coaching department. Check back regularly for more

Long Jump 1

Mike Powell vs  Carl Lewis

Triple Jump Selection

Hurdle Drills A selection of hurdle drills

Hurdle Walk over drills

Michael Johnson Documentary on 100m

Discus from the 2006 World Athletics Final

Pole Vault drill 1

Pole Vault Drill 2

Pole Vault Drill 3

Shot Putt Drill 1

Staffan Strand (Swedish High Jumper-2m35) training videos

Javelin Clips

Eamon Coghlan setting World Indoor record for mile in 1983

Road Races and Events

Samsung Run Cork 10k
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Rock N Roll Series Dublin
St Patricks Festival 5k
Northwest 10K
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Strabane Lifford Half Marathon
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