Athletic Development is simply an umbrella term used to describe the various movement skills and competencies that are so important in relation to the development of all GAA players. The activities in this resource can be easily incorporated into any training session.
The majority of the activities involve the skills of the game while developing the athletic capacity and reducing the risk of future injury to the players.
Category : Squat Movement
These activities are designed to develop correct squat technique.
Common Errors & Easy Cues to Fix
Category : Running & Jumping Technique
These activities are designed to develop correct running and jumping technique. The following teaching points should be reinforced throughout all of the exercises in this category (NOTE: exception made for moving arms if in possession of ball/hurl)
Category : Agility, Reaction & Footwork
These activities are designed to develop players’ ability to react and change direction quickly as well as accelerate/decelerate properly whilst using correct footwork.
Category : Balance & Coordination
These activities are designed to improve players’ ability to control their body movements while also performing a number of movements/skills in correct sequence or at same time.
Category : Mobility & Stability
These activities are designed to help players achieve improved mobility (particularly through the hips and shoulders) using activities that are not simply based on traditional stretching exercises. Developing stability throughout increased ranges of motion is also extremely important in the
Category : Partner Activities
These activities incorporate a range of different body movements and sports skills. They are designed to improve players’ ability to work with each other (sometimes in competition, sometimes with shared goal) and often necessitating good communication and problem solving.
Category : Hamstring Development
These activities are designed to improve the strength, mobility and capacity of the hamstrings. This in turn should improve playing performance and reduce the risk of developing hamstring
Category : Whole Body Games
These activities are designed involve all of the players in the group in the same activity and typically requires the use of a number of skills/movements. Fun and engagement for entire group is one of the most important aspects here (many of these activities are ideal to use as a warm up).