Katie Richards psychology webinar closes out January 2021

29th January 2021, 22:38pm | National

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Dublin 29th January; Gymnastics Ireland presented the first of its 2021 Webinar Series, hosted by performance and coaching scientist Katie Richards. This online event inspired and engaged coaches from all disciplines nationwide, exceeding the expected participation by 300%. The two-hour webinar focused on concepts that underpin attentional control and navigated the different strategies coaches should use in the long and short term to develop their gymnasts' concentration capacity.

Richards broke down what concentration means in gymnastics and demonstrated what role it plays in performance. She proposed different tools and tips gymnasts can use for optimal performance. “(…) So many knowledge-hungry, eager and engaged coaches! Can’t wait to hear how you get on and hope to see you all next time!” Katie added “Thank you to Garrett and Gymnastics Ireland for hosting me and being so enthusiastic as always!”.

Commenting on today, Gymnastics Ireland Education Manager Garret Buckley said: “What a fantastic opening night for webinar series. We had candidates attend from all across the country. Katie provided us with an inspirational and thought-provoking topic in the area of applied sports psychology. We look forward to having Katie back with another webinar in April.”

Attention now shifts to our next webinar “Flexibility Training – An evidence based approach “ presented by Fiona Gorman, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, specialising in orthopaedic trauma, where we will be reviewing the current evidence available on flexibility training and how to apply it to the sport of gymnastics to ensure a safe and scientific approach for gymnasts. Stay tuned for more details in the coming week.

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