25 November, 2013

Jaguar Academy of Sport Day focusses on Coping with Injury

Kelly Holmes Education hosted the latest Talent Day for the Jaguar Academy of Sport Rising Stars at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield on Wed 20 November. Boosted by the presence of British athletes Dai Greene and Adam Gemili, both Jaguar Academy of Sport Ambassadors, the theme of the day was ‘Coping with Injury’.

The Rising Stars took part in a Self-Massage workshop where Dai and Adam were joined by Dame Kelly to explain the importance of specific techniques in overall injury prevention.  Additional workshops focused on the psychological aspects of Coping with Injury as well as the importance of Core Stability in preventing and overcoming injury. The workshops were all led by experts in their field including Alison Rose, Jessica Ennis-Hill’s personal Physiotherapist and Sports Massage Therapist Lesley Bryant.


During an exclusive ‘Question and Answer’ session, Dai Greene and Adam Gemili set out their plans for next year as they prepare to compete in the European Championships and Commonwealth Games. The Talent Day covered all aspects of Coping with Injury for elite performers and their coaches.

World Champion and reigning Commonwealth Games Champion Dai Greene said: “Perseverance is the secret to success. Athletes with unrelenting focus will get better year-on-year. It is important to focus on the end result.”

Dame Kelly said: “The pathway from being a talented junior athlete stepping up to senior level to become world class, is full of challenges and the commitment and hard work required year after year cannot be underestimated. Coping with injury is something I had to deal with for seven years of my senior international career. My focus and self-belief got me through, but there were times when I couldn’t cope and had to turn to people around me.


“The series of workshops gave a fantastic base to understanding the reality of injuries occurring and steps to overcoming and preventing injury.”

Dai Greene added: “The Jaguar Academy of Sport is a fantastic initiative and one I really enjoy being a part of. The Talent Days provide the Rising Stars with a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from some great athletes who have all been in their shoes, the advice from experts across the Mentoring and Education Programme will make a massive difference to their long term development.”

Adam Gemili said: “I’m really excited to be joining the Jaguar Academy of Sport. It’s an initiative I really believe in and one that is helping shape our young athletes. The workshops today have been excellent and I’m glad to share my advice with the Rising Stars. Not many people know this but in 2012, I spent five months injured and had to have surgery so I was glad to pass on my advice on the best ways to cope.”

Dai and Adam were captured on camera discussing their top training tips. The resulting film will soon feature on the new Jaguar Academy of Sport website within the coaching zone section – .

The event was the third Talent Day of the year since the 2013 Rising Stars were announced at Jaguar Academy of Sport Bursary Awards on 02 May in London. The bespoke Mentoring and Education Programme is delivered by Kelly Holmes Education.

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