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John Weatherly commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Bridging the Gap
"Excellent points! I do not think there are many actual true sports scientists in the US.  Most at universities are not sports scientists - what do they ever do on football, basketball, or baseball etc. at their own universities?  Most…"
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Common Sense of Training

Yesterday I highlighted the nonsense I have been seeing in training. Today lets talk about some common sense in training. Any effective training program is based on sound fundamental principles. There must be a clear progression. No workout can or should stand-alone. No component of training should be trained in isolation. All components of training should be trained at all times in different proportions based on developmental level of athlete, phase of the training, and training emphasis.…See More
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Crucial Questions

These are basic questions every coach should ask on an ongoing basis as a check to make sure training is on target.What are you doing?Who are you doing it with?Is what you are doing appropriate for who you are doing it with?Why are you doing it? Is it need to do or nice to do?How are you doing it? Is there a better way or a better mode?When are you doing it? Is it appropriate for the time of the training years and even the stage of the athlete’s career?Basic? Yes Simple? Yes Important? YesSee More
Feb 23
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Practice Based Evidence & Coaching Significance

In the move to evidence based practice are we shooting ourselves in the foot once again? So much “evidence based practice” is questionable, inaccurate, fraudulent or flat out wrong. I put my stock in practice-based evidence that I can support with good science where I can. In 45 years of coaching I have found that where it is necessary to produce results coaching (clinical) significance trumps statistical significance. I have yet to see a doctor or a scientist innovate a training method or a…See More
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Some More Books for Educated Coaches

Here are some that I neglected to share last week. I want to call you attention to two true classics – Science of Swimming by Doc Councilman and Modern Training For Running by Ken Doherty. These are two books every coach must read and own. Both have had a huge influence on me. Also note I have not included sport biographies or  motivational type books by coaches. I will gather those at a later date…See More
Feb 17
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The Trouble with 40 Yard Dash Times

This article is way off base. http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/3/1/4038740/2013-nfl-combine-high-school-40-yard-dash-times It assumes that all 40-yard dash times are comparable. There is no set protocol for timing 40’s from level to level. Running surfaces will vary; there is no control for wind if they run outdoors, if the track is level or downhill or if it is…See More
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Game Day

Everyday is not game day! Game, match or meet day is special. That is what you point for and prepare for on the other days. What you do in the days leading to game day will determine your performance on game day. To be the best on game day requires being a “24 Hour Athlete.” It is more than the two hours of training, it is the other 22 hours that make the difference. It is total commitment, being all in all the time. Excellence in life determines excellence on the playing field. Win the day!…See More
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Derek Raynes commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Role of Free Play in Developing Athletes
"I like this point. I give a talk to parents locally that I've titled "Training your child, dispelling myths". In the talk I begin with a version of this point and explain to parents that this is a great way to build very basic…"
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Meditations on Teaching and Practice

I have been thinking a lot lately about what constitutes good teaching (Coaching) and practice. Yesterday after sitting through another long pointless sermon at mass and then going for a long walk afterward to think more about this here are some thoughts:Teach don’t preach – Know your message, keep it short, sharp and punctuated.Show don’t tell – Demonstrate and use video to show skills. Make it visual.Move – Get em moving to feel it. Make it a dance.The eyes don’t have it – Too often we see…See More
Feb 2
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True North

Keep your compass oriented to true north – true north is a strong guiding force, no hype, no false prophets, no guruism, and no quick fixes – Just straight facts. What is true north? It is quite simple, nothing fancy or especially trendy, it is the basics. It is fundamental movements progressing to more complex movements as the fundamental movement skills are mastered. It is sound training principles guiding the training. It is training connections, rhythm, coordination and movement problem…See More
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Vern Gambetta's Blog

Common Sense of Training

Yesterday I highlighted the nonsense I have been seeing in training. Today lets talk about some common sense in training. Any effective training program is based on sound fundamental principles. There must be a clear progression. No workout can or should stand-alone. No component of training should be trained in isolation. All components of training should be trained at all times in different proportions based on developmental level of athlete, phase of the training, and training emphasis.…

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Posted on February 26, 2015 at 8:09am

Free Your Minds - Training Sense & Nonsense

Yesterday in three different situations I saw the nonsense of training.

Randomly putting together a series of exercises with no connection to each other and inappropriate for the athlete and calling it functional training is nonsense.

Stupidly trying…

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Posted on February 25, 2015 at 7:38am

Bridging the Gap

We have been talking about bridging the gap between science and practice in sport for thirty plus years. You have to ask yourself with all we know today why is there still a gap? In fact in many ways with the drive toward more “sport science” the gap has widened with coaches and coaching being marginalized. Why? Ask yourself who is driving the bus? Who is ultimately held accountable for the athlete's performance? When a…

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Posted on February 24, 2015 at 8:14am — 1 Comment

Crucial Questions

These are basic questions every coach should ask on an ongoing basis as a check to make sure training is on target.

What are you doing?

Who are you doing it with?…

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Posted on February 23, 2015 at 7:57am

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At 3:35pm on August 20, 2013, Jerry Seymour said…

"Great to connect. This is a great site for learning and networking with others in the field. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you or your athletes Jerry.S@bommaritoperformance.com. We also have educational seminars once a month that we are hosting for those who want to expand knowledge and learn the science behind what we do.

At 10:53pm on December 11, 2012, camilo gutierrez said…
Great read coach, fundamentals yes.
At 9:44pm on February 25, 2012, gotmovement4u said…

Vern hey whats up i live in sarasota would love to meet if u ever get some free time..

As u can see i am big believe in the movement compoment.

At 11:31am on January 25, 2012, Jason Novak said…

Hi Vern-  Yes sir I have worked with Zach Clayton.  He has  a very bright future here with us.  One of our weight room favorites.  I read your blog every day and have used your Gambetta Lunge Series for years with our players here.  When Zach first got here he said "this looks familiar...."

At 3:27pm on November 25, 2011, Joseph Potts said…

Coach, would you mind refreshing my memory as to your reasoning behind why you don't like the manual glute-ham raise exercise? I wanted to quote you the other day but couldn't remember the specifics you discussed in a discussion a while back.

At 7:12pm on February 5, 2011, Melissa Boldt said…

Coach Gambetta,

My name is Melissa Boldt and I am currently a Graduate Associate at Springfield College. I just wanted to share with you that I really enjoy reading your blogs on this network and have followed for quite some time now. I must say that you have by far the most intriguing and intellectual dialog and I see things through similar eyes.

 

Melissa

 

 

At 12:15pm on June 16, 2010, Skyler Bo Farley said…
We would like to invite you the NSCA State of Florida Strength and Conditioning Clinic this weekend June 19th on the campus of the University of South Florida. We have a great line up of speakers, including Russ Orr Athletes Performance, and the University of South Florida Strength and Conditioning Staff. It is a great CEU (.8 NSCA) opportunity in your backyard. For more details and to register online go to https://www.nsca-lift.org/nscapdf/download/FL%20June%202010.pdf or email Ron McKeefery, Director of Strength and Conditioning at rmckeefery@usf.edu. Look forward to seeing you there.


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At 2:09pm on April 18, 2010, Justin Smith said…
Vern:

Thanks for the add. Really enjoying your blog posts on this network and on elitetrack.

Justin
At 8:17pm on April 11, 2010, Ron McKeefery said…
We would like to invite you and your fellow coaches to the Inaugural USF Football Strength & Conditioning Clinic April 24th 2010. It is designed to present Football Coaches, Strength coaches, and personal trainers with a Collegiate Football Strength and Conditioning annual plan. Please go to www.usfsportsperformance.com for more details.
 
 
 

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