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GAA: Innovative concept set to streamline training

By John Campbell

Published 28/11/2007

A Belfast primary school was the setting for the launch of a new research and development programme designed to ultimately streamline training regimes for all players.

St Michael's PS has seen the launch, indeed, of what could prove one of the most innovative concepts within the GAA.

In a first for Ulster sport in general and the GAA in particular, Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology is to be used as part of a major physiological study of gaelic footballers and the positions in which they play.

The GPS technology gathers vital data on player performance both during training sessions and competitive matches, and focuses on specific player positions.

The unit is capable of capturing data such as sprint speed and frequency, movement analysis (kicking), tackle impacts and pitch positioning.

"The information which we glean from this study will be used to implement specific training programmes for players who fulfil different roles within a team," said Dr Eugene Young, Ulster's director of coaching and games.

"For instance, it might well be that a right full-back will require a different training regime to that of a midfielder and a forward may require something different again. We will see how things go,"

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