Name: Dean Adams
Years Active: 2005 - 2022
Event(s): 60m / 100m
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)
60m - 6.73
100m - 10.73
Northern Ireland Records:
BSc. Sport & Exercise Sciences
MSc. Sport & Exercise Nutrition
British Athletics: Event Group Sprints Coach
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.
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!
Name: CJ Fulton
Team: Lafayette Hoops / Ireland
Name: Joel Cooper
Team: Oxford United F.C.
Name: Erin Maguire
Team: Houston Baptist University / Ireland U20
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