Leading international sports scientist to deliver seminar and workshop in GMIT

Internationally renowned sports scientist and researcher, Professor Tim Gabbett, will deliver a seminar and workshop on the topics ‘Pain to Performance’ and ‘Train Smarter and Harder’ in GMIT next week. The events are being organised by John Duggan, lecturer on the BSc (hons ) sports and exercise science and Dr Lisa Ryan, head of the GMIT Department of Natural Sciences.

The first event will take place in GMIT Galway on Monday September 30 from 6pm to 9pm. Professor Gabbett will discuss the latest training methods for athletes experiencing pain or injury, and the processes required to return them to peak performance.

“This seminar provides participants with a unique opportunity for Q&A in an informal setting, while also gaining exposure to the very latest scientific research on training load to minimise injury risk and enhance performance," John Duggan said.

The ‘Train Smarter and Harder’ event takes place in the Galway GAA Centre of Excellence, Loughgeorge, on Tuesday October 1, from 9am to 5pm. This workshop aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Participants will gain hands-on experience monitoring training loads, designing session and weekly training plans, and providing training programmes to meet the individual needs of athletes and patients.

“The workshop is presented in a small group setting, promoting interaction and discussion among participants, and allowing ample time for Q&A," Mr Duggan added. "Whether you are an experienced practitioner or simply want to gain some practical ideas to implement in your clinic, this workshop will help you to build a training programme from the ground up.”

Dr Lisa Ryan, head of Dept of Natural Sciences at GMIT, said: “Staff and students within our department regularly use methods developed by Professor Gabbett in research and practice and we are all looking forward to what are guaranteed to be interesting sessions with one of the research leaders in this field.”

Professor Tim Gabbett has 20 years’ experience working as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports. He holds a PhD in human physiology (2000 ) and has completed a second PhD in the applied science of professional football (2011 ), with special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition. He has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006 ) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008 ) cycles. He continues to work as a sport science and coaching consultant for several high-performance teams around the world.

Prof Gabbett has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at some 400 national and international conferences. He is committed to performing world-leading research that can be applied in the ‘real world’ to benefit high performance coaches and athletes.

For details on GMIT’s BSc (hons ) in sport and exercise science, see www.gmit.ie/natural-sciences/bachelor-science-hons-sport-and-exercise-science For the new MSc in applied sport and exercise nutrition, see www.gmit.ie/natural-sciences/msc-applied-sport-and-exercise-nutrition

For tickets and further information on the September 30 seminar, go to bit.ly/30qF3Sm For tickets and further information on the October 1 workshop, go to bit.ly/2G47vBW

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