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IAAF official calls Technique Lab important sports-scientific partner

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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FIVE months after it opened its doors to the public, the David Riley-led Technique Lab continues to attract international attention from those in the sporting fraternity.

The most recent visit and positive endorsement comes from IAAF director Abdel Malek El Hebil who, during a visit to Jamaica last Friday, toured the lab and referred to it as a very important scientific development partner for coaches and athletes.

"I found it to be very good and a facility that would be very helpful to develop coaches and athletes. This is especially so as scientists consider these assessments to be an important part of our system of development and coaches, too, like to be advised by scientists. I also understand it is the first such lab in the region and this makes it very important for sports development," Malek El Hebil noted.

During his visit El Hebil witnessed first-hand how the varied tests are conducted and fielded several questions relating to the lab's operations. Accompanying him on the tour was the JAAA General Secretary Garth Gayle and executive members of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association (JATAFCA).

The IAAF official's visit adds to Technique Lab's ability to attract tours from heavyweights in varied sporting and fitness disciplines. Only months before, NACAC President Victor Lopez toured the lab and noted how impressed he was with the offerings.

Managing Director Riley welcomed the IAAF official's visit while reiterating Technique Lab's commitment to being the ultimate training partner for all coaches and athletes, irrespective of sporting disciplines. The Technique Lab director also encouraged persons who have a general interest in fitness and health to come on by for a fitness test and consultation to determine the areas that need work the most.

Since its September 2013 launch, the region's first sports performance and fitness lab has hosted several free workshops and training sessions.

The lab also continues to offer structured individualised training programmes for athletes across all sporting platforms and is able to test body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, power, speed/quickness, agility, reaction time, flexibility, balance and coordination, cardiovascular endurance, motor skills, eye/hand coordination, among others.

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