Speed Solutions

Biography 

 

Name:    Dean Adams

Sport:    Athletics

Years Active:    2005 - Present

Event(s):    60m / 100m

Sporting Achievements:

Two-time Irish Senior 60m Champion (2011 & 2020)

Two-time Scottish Senior 60m Champion (2012 & 2020)

Three-time Northern Ireland Senior 100m Champion (2011, 2019 & 2020)

Northern Ireland Senior 4x100m Record (2017-Present)

Irish International - European Indoor Championships (2021)

Based:

Northern Ireland

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Personal Bests:

60m - 6.73

100m - 10.73

Dean Adams - Winner of IUAA 60m Gold in a time of 6.73s to go =4th on the Irish All-Time List

Irish 60m Ranking:

=4th All-Time List

Qualifications:

BSc. Sport & Exercise Sciences

MSc. Sport & Exercise Nutrition

PGCE FE

British Athletics: Event Group Sprints Coach

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Background

 

Speed Solutions started in the summer of 2018 after several conversations with team sport players about the sprinting background I had and their desire to be faster athletes on the pitch / court. Subsequently, with my 9 years experience coaching speed (British Athletics: Event Group Sprints Coach) along with the knowledge of what has helped me become a better sprinter, I delivered a number of one on one sessions, starting with Joel Cooper (Oxford United F.C.) over a period of 6 weeks and began to collect videos highlighting some of his improvements.

 

Following this, I decided to invest in a timing system and set-up a Facebook page where players / teams could reach out and take the first step to finding a solution to their speed flaws.

Since then, whilst balancing my own Athletics training, I've had the opportunity to work with numerous team sport athletes including football, basketball, rugby, hockey, GAA, cricket and netball players, as well as football / rugby officials - all with the common goal of becoming faster and more athletic in order to deliver when it matters.  

 

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Philosophy

 

Speed Solutions aims firstly to educate athletes in the importance of speed to their gameplay, and how it can often be the difference between winning or losing. The majority of team sport players simply don't get enough practice mastering acceleration or to allow them to possess competent sprinting qualities. If a player's goal, relevant to a sporting scenario is to get from point 'A' to point 'B' in the least amount of time possible, they should aim to replicate athletes where this is their sole aim i.e., sprinters. Once this mindset is established, we can start to:

Become better movers 

Enhance key movement patterns & reduce injuries 

Develop linear / lateral acceleration mechanics 

Implement cues & exercises to help achieve key positions and aid force application to travel forwards

as fast as possible 

Add in the brakes / effective deceleration mechanics 

(Team sport athletes require speed but also must be able to stop dead in order to change direction at various points in a game) 

It's true that there are many other performance factors which team sport players must develop to be ready to compete during gameplay, however -  the outcome of this training will produce robust athletes, able to cope with the demands of their respective sports. Players will be set up so they have all the tools to improve their speed in the limited time they have available in their training schedule, on top of being more confident in their ability and equipped to Get There First!

 

Players

 

Name:    CJ Fulton

Sport:     Basketball

Team:     Lafayette Hoops / Ireland U20

 

Name:    Joel Cooper

Sport:     Football

Team:     Oxford United F.C.

 

 

Name:    Erin Maguire

Sport:     Basketball

Team:     Ulster Elks / Ireland U18

 

FIBA U18 European Championships 2019

2x NI Football League Winner

Irish Premier League Player of the Year 2020 

2x Irish Basketball Superleague Young

Player of the Year 

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