Sports Science Support

Fitness Testing

Ulster GAA have been providing fitness testing support to our inter-county teams for several years, tailoring each session to the needs of the focus squad. The support and expertise offered has helped guide the training programmes of many of Ulster’s county squads over the past 5 years. This experience has also enabled Ulster GAA to develop a significant bank of fitness testing knowledge which has contributed to several workshops and documents for club coaches to reference.

GPS & Heart Rate Analysis

Global Positioning and heart rate analysis is the latest means of performance analysis that is becoming prevalent in the sporting world, not least in Gaelic games. Over the past 3-4 years, Ulster GAA have been leading the way, providing GPS & HR analysis to inter-county teams on a regular basis. This has paved the way for county teams to tailor and refine training, while also gaining a greater insight into the demands players face during games. A number of recent documents relating to GPS & HR analysis have been made available by Ulster GAA for reference by club coaches. For more information refer to the articles section of the main Ulster GAA website.

Statistics

Over the past 3 championship seasons, Ulster GAA has carried out statistical reports on all Ulster Senior Football championship matches. These reports are made available each week following the match through our main website. These reports have served to inform coaches of patterns and trends evident in each game, but have also provided an insight into analysis of statistics, and how to develop training content on the basis of these stats.

Video Analysis

Several inter-county teams have benefited from Ulster GAA assistance with their video analysis over the past few years. In many cases, Ulster GAA have been able to consult with the performance analysts of the county teams, to discuss technological developments, and, most cost effective fit for each team. In some cases Ulster GAA has assisted with analysis and feedback to coaching teams and players.

For information on Sports Science contact Kevin McGuigan kevin.mcguigan.ulster@gaa.ie

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