KUALA LUMPUR: Development Coach Award winner Ithnin Mahadi has urged local coaches to place emphasis on sports science in their training of athletes.
“If we want to groom world-class athletes, the aspect of sports science should play a vital role in their training programme,” said the athletics coach yesterday.
Ithnin, who has been coaching junior athletes for the past 10 years, is with the Bukit Jalil Sports School.
He holds an international coaching diploma from Hungary and has groomed a number of hurdlers, among them Mohd Robani Hassan, Shahdan Jamaludin and Shinar Shazua Shahruddin.
Ithnin, the recipient of Johor's Most Promising Athlete award in 1989, said that the common problem with Malaysian athletes was their lack of academic background.
“If you see athletes from foreign countries, most of them come from universities.
“I believe with good education, athletes will be able to absorb whatever details put forward by their coaches in training,” he said.
He said athletes must also coordinate their training routines to include physical and mental fitness in order to achieve success. – Bernama