Our current blog post comes from one of the longest serving member of our club, Michael Moran. Michael has been Chairman, Treasurer and more importantly a successful manager of numerous Parke teams down through the years. He has also served as West Mayo Mayo Chairman up until times and is still heavily involved on various committees at club and county level. Michael wrote a very interesting article in our club's 40 anniversary book in 2010. We will posting snippets from this book over the coming weeks and months. Enjoy the read folks.
The GAA recognizes the demands of Gaelic games and indeed the training and nutrition challenges they present. The Association also recognizes that there are many factors that contribute to optimal athletic performance such as genetics, training, commitment, motivation, rest and recovery, along with good nutrition and hydration practices. These factors are the cornerstone of performance therefore using a sport nutrition supplement will not substitute for a less than adequate nutrition and/or hydration strategy. Sports supplement companies use powerful marketing campaigns to imply that the use of sports supplements are essential for maximizing performance; however, much of the publicity is not based on sound scientific evidence.
The GAA Go Games Skill Challenges aim to encourage children (aged 7-12 years) to improve their hurling/camogie and Gaelic football skills.
It is intended that children will be intrinsically motivated to challenge themselves to improve their skills, with a particular emphasis on bilateral coordination. Children gauge their own progress, such as setting distances and recording their own scores.
The challenges can be taken either indididually or with a partner almost anywhere (at home, the club, school etc.). The challenges provide a good opportunity for coaches, teachers, parents/guardians to collaborate efforts to improve skills.
Check out the following videos to see inter-county stars taking the challenges.