“Be the creative coach… and don’t get harnessed by the rack.”
– Michaél Cahill
This conversation is with Dr Micheál Cahill, Vice President of Performance and Sport Science at Athlete Training and Health in the US.
He is also an expert in athletic development.
Originally from Ireland, Micheál has spent time working with hundreds of athletes across a broad range of sports from amateur to professional level.
His doctoral research examines the development of sprinting speed in youth athletes.
In this episode, we discuss the 8-18 year-old programme Micheál founded at ATH.
I wanted to really understand the overall approach they take to developing young athletes, the way they assess progress, and how they think about integrating research into practice.
We also discuss:
- Growing up in Ireland
- The impact of a great coach
- Work ethic
- Obstacle courses and climbing walls
- Speed training
- Growth and maturation
- Strength training
You can find Micheál on Twitter @MCahillPhD.
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