Thursday 21 November 2019

My job in Munster - Adam Sheehan Strength & Conditioning coach

Adam Sheehan
Adam Sheehan
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The Cork city native completed a Masters in strength and conditioning at Edinburgh University. While there he worked with the Scotland underage structure and interned with Edinburgh and the Scotland national ream.

He moved back to Cork in 2013 to join Munster as a strength and conditioning coach and also began the role of head S&C with the National U-18s Clubs team and the IRFU U-19s Sevens team.

When did you join Munster?

At the start of the 2013-14 season.

What do you do?

I aid in the maximal physical development of the senior Munster team. This involves the development and delivery of strength, speed, agility and conditioning sessions to the players. A large amount of time goes into the constant monitoring of the players. One aspect of this monitoring is using GPS to monitor the players when they are training and during match day.

It is quite interesting to see the minute-by-minute breakdown of games from a GPS standpoint; distance covered by players, contacts per position and sprints or repeated efforts over different games and different positions.

What is the best part of your job?

Match-day at home is always special. In the whole build-up to big weeks, from the gym to the pitch, there is always a bit more happening. But the match-day build-up - from the travelling early over to the ground, seeing it empty first and then seeing it explode when you leave the tunnel behind the team, is always a great moment.

Most memorable match?

The 2006 Heineken Cup semi-final against Leinster stands out. It was a great day out and definitely the most memorable game I have attended.

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