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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
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)
Form 10 groups with approx. players in each group
Rock, Paper, Scissors chase, similar too (1st video in this link)
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.
Speed and agility
Option 1 (5 group of 4?)
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)
Battle rope exercises
Tug of war rope
Cone reaction game (similar too)
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
Walking Lunge across the area – Hands on Hips
Walking Lunge & Reach across the area
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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