World Class Conditioning Coach Ashley Jones at IT Carlow


World-renowned conditioning coach Ashley Jones, who has worked with the All Blacks, Australian Wallabies and Scotland Rugby, will talk about his work and undertake a Q&A session tonight (14th March, 2017) at a special event at Institute of Technology Carlow.

Ashley Jones - Individualisation & Effective Transfer of Training is being hosted by the Institute’s department of science & health which offers a Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning. The presentation and Q&A session will take place in the Haughton Building at 7pm.

Jones’s visit to Institute of Technology Carlow is timely. Rugby is top of mind at the Institute this week as Irish Women’s Rugby captain Paula Fitzpatrick, a lecturer in the department of science and health, and second row team mate Ciara Cooney, a student at Institute of Technology Carlow, prepare for a grand slam decider against England in the Six Nations tournament on Friday.

Ashley has been the strength and conditioning coach for the All Blacks, the Wallabies and more recently Edinburgh rugby.  He delivered a keynote address at the UKSCA's 11th Annual Conference in 2015. Tonight’s presentation will be an updated address of this conference keynote entitled "The holy grail of sports programming: Individualisation and effective transfer of training – an experiential approach".

Ashley will detail an approach to the individualisation of training for team sports athletes with specific emphasis on the programming of rugby players. The development of a humanistic approach to programming will go a long way to maximise transfer to the field and success in performance, Jones will outline. It is not just about the sets and reps and volumes and intensities, but about the art of programming, underpinned by the sports sciences.

Awarded an honorary position at Bond University in Australia as an Adjunct Assistant Professor,  Ashley has worked in the sports physical performance conditioning and fitness industries since 1978 and in three professional sports (basketball, rugby league, and rugby union) across three countries (New Zealand, Australia, and Japan) since 1992.  He has been certified by the NSCA continuously since 1988 and was recently awarded the Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach Emeritus.

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