Monday, 31 August 2015

Performance Workshops

Next month we'll be running a couple of workshops at the Ferrycarrig Hotel in Co Wexford, one aimed at athletes of all levels who are looking to improve performance, and the other targeted at coaches of high performance athletes, particularly those who coach performance athletes within a mixed ability group.

Thinking like a high performance athlete: a seminar for aspiring sports people 7:30-9:30pm, Oct 15; €10/€5 (includes free entry into draw for useful resources)

This seminar will explore some of the lifestyle and sports science practices used by high performance athletes, and explore ways in which you can integrate them into your training and competition. Topics to be covered will include, but are not limited to:
  • Planning for performance – Goal setting, time management and decision making to improve performance
  • Looking after your health – An introduction to the Female Athlete Triad, eating disorders, mental health issues, burnout, anaemia, immune function and dental health
  • High performance sleep and recovery
  • Building your support network
  • Anti-doping issues – Anti-doping issues which athletes of all levels should be aware of will be outlined.
Competitive athletes aged 15 or older, of all abilities who would like to improve their performance are welcome to attend. The workshop is open to athletes from team and individual sports. Coaches and parents are also welcome to attend.

Supporting the high performance athlete: a special forum for coaches 6:30-9:30pm, Oct 19; €25

Do you coach high performance athletes as part of a mixed ability group? Are you unsure of how to support their special needs? Would you like the opportunity to meet and learn from other coaches in similar situations?

This session will provide coaches of high performance athletes with the opportunity to discuss challenges they face, to share experience and knowledge and to discuss best practice. Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the special health concerns of the high performance athlete: mental health issues, eating disorders, the female athlete triad, anti-doping issues, burnout, injury, etc.
  • Building a support network and working within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Real life concerns: long term athlete development; athletes moving on; burnout and dropout; integrating high performance athletes into a mixed-ability group; managing packed competition schedules.
  • Lifestyle support: how the coach can help.  Will look at lifestyle balance, goal setting, time management, planning, managing transitions, decision making, dual careers, retirement and exam stress.
This session is aimed at the coaches of high performance athletes, particularly those who support high performance athletes as part of a mixed ability group. Experienced and inexperienced coaches are welcome.

We would appreciate if you reserve your place in advance via email. Payment on the night.

About the facilitators
Elizabeth Egan has more than 10 years’ experience working with high performance athletes from a range of individual and team sports. She specializes in lifestyle and personal development support for development and student-athletes, and has worked on two successful sport scholarship programmes in the UK. She has published an altitude training travel guide (Notes from Higher Grounds) and her PhD looked at the causes and consequences of menstrual dysfunction in female athletes.

Jenny Higgins is a 2014 Sport and Exercise Science graduate from University of Limerick. She has completed several research internships in the area of physical activity and diet including research in hydration, post-exercise recovery, body composition and the influence of exercise on metabolism & health. She is now pursuing a PhD looking at the interaction of diet and training on bone health in athletes.

Ciara Wilson holds a degree in PE & Biology from DCU, where she was a sports scholarship recipient, and has spent the last 2 years teaching. She is the Schools Participation Officer for the charity Cycle Against Suicide, and has an interest in a wide variety of sports. Ciara has just started a PhD at DCU.

All three have competed at a national level, have coaching experience and are passionate about supporting talented athletes in their pursuit of excellence.

Further information and news relating to these workshops will be posted here and on Facebook.

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