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Thursday 24 April 2014

Eugene McGee: Coaches forgetting about skill

A body called the National Athlete Development Academy (NADA) is promoting a course called Adult Coach Membership for mentors, coaches and managers of adult Gaelic games squads.

According to the blurb, it will focus on "theoretical and practical aspects of coaching and sports science intervention of Gaelic games".

Areas to be dealt with include physical and conditioning demands for Gaelic football, functional performance in field sports, training principles and planning, power and strength training, speed development, nutrition, athlete profiling and fitness testing.

Just one thing seems to be missing – there is no reference as to how prospective coaches might improve the actual skill levels of footballers; things such as kicking points from 30 to 40 metres, catching the ball cleanly in the air or tackling opponents without fouling.

Maybe those things are presumed to come naturally to GAA players.

Speed, power, strength, conditioning and nutrition seem to be the commodities most required for Gaelic football these days.

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