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Can Your Vegan Athletes Match Their Meat-eating Competitors?

In the past couple of years, veganism has become very popular. It is not considered as a specific plant-based diet anymore but as a way of life, and becoming vegan means changing your life upside down and creating a new, healthy lifestyle. But is choosing veganism a good option for athletes and does it really give them enough strength to match their meat-eating competitors?

Over the last few years, more and…

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Added by Victoria Lim on January 16, 2018 at 8:57am — 3 Comments

The Runner's Body

One book that I keep re-reading and referring to others is The Runner's Body by Tucker, Dugas, and Fitzgerald.   The title is a little deceptive although running is the premise for the book, the information contained is somewhat global.  To me, this is a must read for any…

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Added by John Mikula on January 11, 2018 at 6:58pm — No Comments

Sports Fit?

What does it mean to be physically fit for your sport?  If you think you know, what are your references based off of?  Personal experience, got it from a book, learned from someone else, comes from a computer program?  Have you matched up the sources above with actual outcomes?

Shouldn't we, as coaches, be asking ourselves the simple question of "sports-fitness" over and over again and compare that to what we…

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Added by John Mikula on January 11, 2018 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Differences in program design? Topic #80: Anatomical Adaptations vs. Hypertrophy for Sports #PowerofPeriodization <a href="http://bit.ly/2FfCYz1">http://bit.ly/2FfCYz1</a>

Differences in program design? Topic #80: Anatomical Adaptations vs. Hypertrophy for Sports #PowerofPeriodization
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Added by Chris Morland on January 8, 2018 at 8:31pm — No Comments

My Coaching Journey Continues

January 2018 marks the beginning on my 49th year of coaching. It has been an adventure every step of the way – a journey of continual learning and discovery that started with Santa Barbara High School Track in 1969.

Coaching is craft that takes time to learn; you can never stop learning if you want to be good at your craft. You cannot learn to coach in a book, on the Internet or sitting in a lecture hall.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on January 8, 2018 at 7:20am — No Comments

Achievement Triangle

Added by Vern Gambetta on January 5, 2018 at 8:37am — No Comments

Two Great Sprinters

Two great sprinters died within weeks of each other in the fall of 2017. You would have be close to my age and a real track nut to know who they were. These two sprinters had a huge influence on my interest in speed and how to get people to run faster. Their best years came within a four-year span from 1961 to 1965. Both were small in stature, if you saw them in street clothes you would never guess they were world class athletes. Their small stature disguised…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on January 4, 2018 at 6:34am — No Comments

Facility Closing - Equipment for Sale

We are closing one of our facilities come February and are looking to sell some of the extra equipment.  If interested, please contact Andrea Collier at acollier@lindenwood.edu.

Item Quantity Est. Sale Price Total
Woodway ELG 1  $        4,000.00  $    4,000.00
Woodway Force 1  $       …
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Added by Michael Reese on January 3, 2018 at 9:53am — No Comments

GAIN 2018 - Applications Open

This is the eleventh year of GAIN; it started 2007 with twelve attendees and four instructors and has grown to eighty attendees from all over the world and eighteen faculty. GAIN is a community of professional’s eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on January 2, 2018 at 7:20am — No Comments

2017 Looking Back

The end of the year is a time for reflection, analysis and recalibration. Each day is special, so do something to make each day special for yourself and for someone else. Family is special; it is too easy to lose sight of this in pursuit of a career. True friends are special – those who are willing to tolerate your mistakes and stay with you during the good and bad times. I am looking forward to 2018; it will mark my 49th year coaching and my…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 31, 2017 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Athlete Development Process

This framework first articulated by Frank Dick many years ago is elegant in its simplicity. Follow this process and you will produce athletes who have a chance to be champions. Please note that the athlete MUST earn the right to progress to the next step. Each athlete progresses at different rates. I will be talking and writing more about this in 2018.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 29, 2017 at 6:02am — No Comments

Another Classic Resource

In July of 1986 I flew into Tucson to visit Anne E. “Betty” Atwater, a professor of Biomechanics at University of Arizona, in order to pick her brain about throwing. This was an area where she had done some landmark research on pitching mechanics in the late 1970’s. I previously had the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 27, 2017 at 8:38am — No Comments

What Kind of Muscle are You Developing?

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 26, 2017 at 2:28pm — No Comments

What Kind of Muscle are You Developing?

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 26, 2017 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Topic #79 What is the big picture of Periodization? The Annual Plan with Practical Examples Ch. 10

Topic #79 What is the big picture of Periodization? The Annual Plan with Practical Examples Ch. 10

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Added by Chris Morland on December 23, 2017 at 11:22am — No Comments

My Favorite Books for 2017

Below is a least of the books that I most enjoyed in 2017. It is a varied list. It should be noted that i did not include any fiction, not that I did not have any favorites I just thought the readers would be interested in the non-fiction choices. So far in 2017 I have read 136 books and I am currently reading five of which I will probably finish three before the end of the year. I love to read, I read as a hobby and I read to learn. When I read I just follow…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 19, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments

GAIN 2018

Don’t miss GAIN XI June 12 to 16, 2018 at Rice University in Houston Texas. Applications open January 1, 2018. This has been a career changing experience for those who have attended. Don’t miss out. Join the leaders in sport medicine/rehab, physical education and coaching/athletic development to explore this year’s theme: Connecting the Dots - Back to Basics. For more information go to …

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 18, 2017 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Reflections/Thoughts from Today’s Morning Walk - December 18, 2017

Training should always be FUNdamental

In the developmental athlete, physical competency development should parallel technical and tactical development.

Learn from the past but don’t live there

The good old days probably were not as good as we old guys like to think they were.

Are we…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 18, 2017 at 11:28am — No Comments

Training Curves and The Growth Mindset

Training (human development) is like plotting points on a curve, right?  So, where are you on the curve?  Where is your process and the athletes you work with?  Are you more on the side of the curve plotted with "fixed" training and beliefs, i.e., there's only one way to train?  Or, are you more on the side of the curve plotted towards "continual growth" i.e., a growth mindset?

One individual that I really enjoy…

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Added by John Mikula on December 16, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Understand Systems, then Understand Athletes

The harnessing of the human body into a specific pathway for athletic or tactical production is a complex process.  Personally, I think one that starts with examining human systems, first, then understanding the needs of the athlete.  Ultimately, we should try and make sense of the performance continuum (prep, practice, performance) and how the related stress affects individual human systems. …

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Added by John Mikula on December 16, 2017 at 12:44pm — No Comments

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