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Donal O' Connor commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Hamstring Solutions
"Hey Coach, Huge Fan, Cant wait to meet you on Saturday. Ha Questions go leor. (Irish)"
Jul 10
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The Art of Tapering & Peaking

A few thoughts on taper and peaking, the swim teams I work with are in this process now with championship meets all coming in the next month so this has been on my mind.The effectiveness of the taper and the subsequent peaking is dependent on the content and quality of the work leading up to the taper. In short if you have not done the work you can taper forever and nothing will happen. You can’t taper from a taper.Taper actually begins with the first training session of the training year.…See More
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GAIN 2014 – Wrap-up/Summary #2

The faculty sets the tone for the GAIN experience. Certainly they can be measured by their professional accomplishments, but most importantly they are characterized by their humility, willingness to share and desire to keep learning. What an inspiration to the group to see Jim Radcliffe, with all he has accomplished, taking copious notes on Nick Garcia’s presentation. They are all life long learners…See More
Jul 2
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GAIN 2014 – Wrap-up/Summary #1

It has not quite been a week since we ended GAIN VII. Usually I write a wrap-up the day after but this year it took me longer because it was such an overwhelming experience I needed more time to assimilate what I saw & learned. We raised the bar again! The whole GAIN experience just underscores the nature of a network – When excellent people who are passionate and knowledgeable gather magic happens. The sharing across disciplines and areas of expertise was better than ever this year. We…See More
Jun 27
Dave Scott-McDowell commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post GAIN VII - 2014
"This seems like an amazing meeting of the minds how does one get invited to something like this?"
Jun 20
John Weatherly commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post GAIN VII - 2014
"I really like the looks of this.  Why don't organizations like the NSCA "define the field of athletic development?""
Jun 17
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Jun 17
Dave Scott-McDowell commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Pursuing Marginal Gains
"Coach, Excellent point. Many athletes seem to want to be better NOW rather than progressing through a sound training program and being better than they ever thought. Hold off on expression in favor of development until there is money on the…"
Jun 16
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What matters most in coaching?

If I were writing this 30 or 40 years ago it would have been a very different blog post. I would have focused on technical knowledge, the importance of understanding training theory and the nuances of periodization. Don’t get me wrong all of that is important if you want to be a good coach, but if you want to be a great coach there is more to it than that. The technical part can be learned fairly easily through study, observation and practice. The difference makers are what some people would…See More
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Jun 6
Cory Kennedy commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Game Speed Tips
"Great post Vern! Larry, how do you know its VMO that contributes to GCTime? Why not hamstrings, glutes, calves, etc etc etc...? I agree that strength needs to be there, but the motor pattern of speed is definitely top priority!"
Jun 5
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Reflections & recollections

As I get older and coach longer I see what has worked for me and what has not worked. There are commonalities in each. Hopefully these reflections and recollections will help you avoid some of the mistakes I have made and learn what has worked and adapt it to your situation. There have been incredible changes since 1969 when I started coaching. We can measure and monitor things when did not even know existed 44 years ago, but I am not sure that has always made us better coaches. It is too easy…See More
Jun 4
Daniel Kant-Hull commented on Vern Gambetta's blog post Where did we lose our way?
"Things changed with the increased emphasis placed on standardized testing. Schools received money based on how well they performed in the class room and they decided to cut the time associated with physical education and instead spend more time on…"
May 28
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Rush to Sports Science

Just saw where another NFL team named a Director of Sport Science. I have been looking at this whole area while preparing for my presentation this Friday to EXB 179 Frontiers in Exercise Biology class at University California Davis as part of a series on The Role of Science in Sports sponsored by Dept of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior. I will be speaking on "The past & future of science in training athletes" (It is free & open to public – join us.) Certainly throughout my…See More
May 28
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Can Do

Focus on what you can do. I get so tired of listening to coaches talk to athletes about they can’t do.  Find out what they can do and help them to do it better. By focusing so much on what they can’t do you take away what they can do. I am not saying to completely ignore your weaknesses, by all means work on minimizing them and bring up to the level of your strength, but in the process do not take away the strength. From a coaching perspective tell them what they need to do. Create a learning…See More
May 20

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Gaelic Athletics True Sport

IMG_1049 On Sunday July 12 we got to see an amazing athletic event the Munster Hurling final between Cork and Limerick. What a sport – it completely captured me. Curling along with Gaelic Football is part of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The GAA has pitches all over the…


Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:19am

The Art of Tapering & Peaking

A few thoughts on taper and peaking, the swim teams I work with are in this process now with championship meets all coming in the next month so this has been on my mind.

The effectiveness of the taper and the subsequent peaking is dependent on the content and quality of the work leading up to the taper. In…


Posted on July 9, 2014 at 9:37am

Hamstring Solutions

The solutions to the issue of the explosion of hamstring are quite straightforward. Here some of the things that have worked for my colleagues and me. All of these take a deep commitment to coaching movement.

Perfect Impeccable Sprint Mechanics - This does not me mean more part drills; it means an analysis of each…


Posted on July 7, 2014 at 7:38am — 2 Comments

Hamstring Injuries – A problem with a clear solution

I am not trying to jump on the bandwagon here; this is something I have been writing about and commenting on for years. Hamstring injuries have become a huge problem in sport. Just to be clear even though the Josey Altidore hamstring pull prompted this post I have no know knowledge of what the US Men’s National team does or does not do in terms of conditioning. I have had no contact with the US Men’s National Soccer team…


Posted on July 5, 2014 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

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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 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.





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 or email Ron McKeefery, Director of Strength and Conditioning at Look forward to seeing you there.

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

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

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 for more details.

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