British Dressage Para Coaches Convention 2012

The final line up of presenters at the British Dressage Para Coaches Convention, which is to be held at Moulton College on April 28th 2012, has been announced. The day is open to all interested in developing their skills and knowledge in Para Coaching, which Britain currently leads the World in Equestrian sport having won every team Gold since the discipline was first introduced into the Paralympic Games in 1996.Guest speakers include the leading clinical psychologist, Dr Jonathan Katz. Jonathan is currently a freelance Consultant Psychologist providing psychology support to elite able-bodied and disabled athletes. Jonathan was the Great Britain Head Quarters Psychologist for ParalympicsGB at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Summer Paralympic Games and lead Psychologist for the Turin 2006 Winter Paralympic Games. His support provision included a range of psychological issues from performance sport psychology to clinical sport psychology. He will deliver sessions to help when coaching riders with cognitive impairment as a result of their disability or as a result of an acquired brain injury. Further sessions will be taken by the World Class Programme para-equestrian physiotherapist, Helen Mathie. Helen will work with Russell Guire from Centaur Biomechanics to identify how rider analysis software can be usefully used to help improve a rider’s core strength and symmetry. Practical sessions will be taken by the World Class coaching team and will cover the training and preparation of horses for para-equestrian competition by the able bodied rider and helping a rider to goal set with effective questioning.

This convention follows the successful launch of the British Dressage Para Coaches Pathway in 2011 which aims to provide continuous professional development and skills updates for those interested or involved with para-equestrian coaching. Tickets for the day cost £10 and more details can be obtained from Amy Cullen at British Dressage: Amy.Cullen@BritishDressage.co.uk

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