Athlete Training and Health (ATH) today announced the appointment of Micheál Cahill as Vice President of Performance and Sports Science for the rapidly growing company. Cahill brings significant credentials to the position, including a PhD Candidacy from one of the world’s top-ranking sports performance institutes, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
“Micheál shares our mission to be at the forefront of sports performance by offering a holistic approach that includes physical preparation and emphasis on sleep, nutritional habits and overall health and wellness,” said ATH Chief Strategy Officer Danny Cooper. “At ATH, we believe everybody is an athlete capable of reaching their personal best with the help of a highly-skilled educated coach committed to their success.”
Cahill leads ATH’s program philosophy and is developing evidence-led training specific to student, collegiate, professional, adult, team and rebuild/injury recovery athletes. He has already made significant strides, establishing a one-of-a-kind professional development plan for each individual ATH coach and is leading the integration of services between hospital, academic and professional team partnerships.
“Our training is evidence led and always founded on tested scientific models of performance enhancement. We also have multiple coaches undertaking postgraduate research through our educational partners Auckland University of Technology (one of the top-ranked sports performance research institutes in the world). The research being undertaken specifically related to the day to day training we provide to ensure we are on the cutting edge of sports performance.
“The two hours you spend exercising are only the stimulus, the adaptation occurs during the recovery portion,” he added. “This process ensures health is at the forefront of all training regardless if you are a student, forever, rebuild, team or next level athlete. Health drives performance, performance does not drive health. We ensure the training is athlete-centered but coach driven.”
ATH has three levels of coach education: internship, mentorship and leadership curriculums. Established by Cahill using advanced learnings from Auckland, each education track is designed to continuously improve coaches’ skillsets to develop athletes and their own professional growth.