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More Heartening Work

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Little boy on early morning summer training jumping over trammels in training field.

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Noel McCarthy, Wayne Sheehan, Patricia Flynn and John Morrissey at STC Athletic Development in Ireland have made huge inroads into their athletic development process. No longer do they just concentrate on the sports-specific journey of the athletes they work with. Their intention is to integrate movement efficiency, consistency and resilience into the training session. They join the ever-growing number of practitioners who have decided to change things for the better. Greg Thompson, Steve Myrland, Jeremy Frisch, James Marshall, Nick Hill, Darren Ritchie, Tracy Fober, Joe Przytula, John Scriven, Rob Anderson, Andy Thomson, Mick McDermott, to name just a few (I know – I have forgotten to mention so many more!), are at the forefront of this quest for movement efficiency. If these practitioners can embrace change surely so can all Physical educators and sports Coaches. Example session from the Ireland crew:

 

STC Youth Athletic Development - Session plan 17th July 2020 (60 mins)

3-4pm Glenville GAA Pitch

Activity

Description

Time

 

Warm-up

Part 1 – Crawling exercises Bear crawl out crab walk back (x3),

Forward roll to jump 10m, backward roll back 10m (x2)

Part 2- Jumping and landing, two legged jumps and landing to accelerate, hops to accelerate

Part 3 – (Crab to Squat to push up to Spiderman each side and back x3)

Back-up - Wayne’s warm-up (Jumping jacks, high knees, Punches etc)

15  mins

 

Form 10 groups with approx.  players in each group

 

Speed game

Option 1

Rock, Paper, Scissors chase, similar too (1st video in this link)

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-sPDDsAv_K/?igshid=n4iefqngsnb1

 

10 mins

 

Strength break

Staggered Squat x 5, Bear position touch opposite hand-opposite leg x 5, Water bottle catch plank x 5, Donkey kick x 5, bean bag Lunge hold x 5.

5 mins

 

Speed and agility

Option 1 (5 group of 4?)

Game overtime

Set a mini-pitch, two players at the end have to get as many cones/beanbags from one end to another in 30(?)secs, the guys in the middle have to obstruct them by getting in the way… but players cannot touch or tackle… so the offensive players have to bob, weave and sidestep, similar too (1st video in this link)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAqL_rnnMyK/?igshid=5ia2ngs2zb7p

10 mins

 

Strength break

Staggered Squat x 5, Bear position touch opposite hand-opposite leg x 5, Water bottle catch plank x 5, Donkey kick x 5, bean bag Lunge hold x 5.

5 mins

 

Craic

Battle rope exercises

 

Tug of war rope

10 mins

 

Back-up

 

Cone reaction game (similar too)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBukvMzBe72/?igshid=1hzqef3ic53gv

 

 

A few weeks ago I offered the following session / lesson to a group of PE Teachers which has some similarities to what is illustrated above.

 

A ‘Movement’ Lesson Plan – Locomotion Theme

 

Warm Up

 

Walking Lunge across the area – Hands on Hips

Walking Lunge & Reach across the area

Crawling activity

Giant Circles

Marching Drills

Run Forwards / Backwards / Sideways

 

Movement Break – Exercise 1 from 5in5 Module

 

Locomotion – Crawling

 

180 Crawls; Sideways Crawls; Carioca Crawls; Spiderman Crawls

 

Movement Break – Exercise 2 from 5in5 Module

 

Locomotion - Running

 

Starting Positions Practice – Short Races – Falling Start; Kneeling Start; Lying Start

 

Movement Break – Exercise 3 from 5in5 Module

 

Locomotion - Running

 

In Circles – in groups – Clockwise; Ant-Clockwise; Backwards Clockwise; Backwards Anti-Clockwise

 

Movement Break – Exercise 4 from 5in5 Module

 

Locomotion – Relays

 

Partner Tags; Ball Carrying; Backwards Running

 

Movement Break – Exercise 5 from 5in5 Module

 

= 10 x short activity units

 

The work of all these practitioners is heartening as the chance to see real change in the physical journey of all athletes seems to be increasing. While you wait interminably for Coach education and PE Teacher education to catch up, give some thought to embracing these ideas. Everyone listed has shown a desire to share what they are doing. Such a group is the future so do your best to join them in this creative journey.

 

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