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.
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 http://www.physical-literacy.org.uk/
Coaching the Shot Putt
Coaching the Javelin
Coaching the Sprint Hurdles
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
Sports Coach UK free site with dozens of Athletics and sports science related articles of good quality
Proper Hydration for distance runners
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
Performance - collection of articles on various sports and events and training for them
Biomechanics of the sprint start Article by leading coach Drew Harrison and Olympian Tom Comyns on the Sprint Start (from coachesinfo.com)
Developing strength for Jumping events Specific strength training for jumping events (from coachesinfo.com)
Isolation Drills for Sprinting Article on drills for sprinting by Drew Harrison and leading UK coach Peter Warden (from coachesinfo.com)
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
Hurdle Drills A selection of hurdle drills