ST Brigids and AIT Sport Science Partnership
St Brigids is entering into
cooperation with the AIT Sports Science Department whereby the AIT will
provide state of the art support to all our underage squads and their
coaches. This will start as a pilot in 2015 but it envisaged being a long
term partnership. All squads, both boys and girls, from U12 to U18 inclusive
will be part of the initial program.
Three assessment tests will be
conducted by AIT per squad per year. Testing will be done at the AIT with the
relevant St Brigid’s coach(s) in attendance. The first assessments are
planned for January 23rd /24th.
Tests will cover:
Peak Height Velocity (PHV) monitoring.
Tracking PHV in young athletes will not only allow Brigid’s coaches to
program correctly for young players, but also greatly reduce the risk of
injury by identifying critical periods within their development. Not only
will AIT screen players they will also educate ST Brigid’s coaches about
adolescent growth spurt and methods of tracking growth.
Lower Limb Power, Movement Screen. AIT
screening protocols and corrective programs will allow Coaches to identify
players at risk of injuries due to poor movement patterns and also give the
players the necessary corrective exercises to quickly correct their movement
deficiency leading to improved performance on the field and reduce the risk
Landing mechanics (ACL risk)
Speed (5M & 20M)
Strength (Upper and Lower)
Yo-Yo. The Yo Yo Recovery Test is a much
more sports specific version of the bleep test that includes both a walking
and rest phase which is much similar and specific to field sports.
Coaches will receive a detailed
analysis of test results including a breakdown of each player’s strengths and
After each testing session AIT will
host a 2 hr workshop for all underage coaches in St Brigids. The workshop
will educate the coaches with the skills necessary to deliver extra pre-hab
sessions to correct any movement deficiencies/weaknesses in the players. This
will feed into the periodization plan that the coaches will be required to
develop and execute before next assessment test. AIT will assign interns from
time to time to assist St Brigids coaches in executing the plans.
AIT will also deliver a practical
workshop on how to administer a football
skills tests to St Brigids coaches. The coaches will execute these in
line with the performance testing schedules. Once results are documented they
will be analysed by AIT sports Science Department and areas which may need
work will be highlighted. AIT will also provide benchmarks from county