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Read this Book! The Playmakers Advantage

For the past fifteen years I have been focused on what to do to get better at getting better. I have explored cognitive neuroscience, recognizing that the brain and how we train the brain is the key to getting better at getting better. In that pursuit I…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 10, 2018 at 8:17am — No Comments

Fit for the Test or Fit to Play for the Game

Do you want your athletes fit for the test or fit to play for the game? There is a real and distinct difference on one hand and some real lessons to be learned on the other. It all depends how the “fitness” tests are used and how they are framed in the overall context of the annual and career plan. The goal is accurate feedback in a competitive environment of the physical qualities that could determine success in the game. Selection and timing of tests sends a…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 7, 2018 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

Clearing the Path or Preparing the Athlete for the Path

This post reporting Tony Strudwick’s comments is what prompted me to write this post. http://trainingground.guru/articles/tony-strudwick-why-sport-science-has-lost-its-way

Let’s stop putting inordinate amount of time in clearing a smooth and direct path for the athlete. All it does is set up…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 1, 2018 at 8:35am — No Comments

Junior World Championships

Recently the Junior World Track & Field Championships were televised. I watched with great interest. It was interesting to see the wider variation in body types than what you see at the senior level. I couldn’t help but think as I was watching how many of these athletes would go on and be a factor at the senior level. By being a factor, I look at it several ways:

  • How many will go on to compete at the senior…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 29, 2018 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Where are you looking?

A drunken man was intently searching the ground near a lamp post. My friend asked what he was looking for. The drunk replied that he was looking for his car keys, so my friend helped him look without success. Then he asked whether the man was certain that he dropped the keys near the lamppost. “No,” replied, “I lost the keys somewhere across the street.” My friend asked him “So why are you looking here?” The drunk quickly answered, “The light is much better…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 27, 2018 at 8:03am — No Comments

Training Talk:Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches

The following post is taken from the Foreword I contributed to Martin Bingisser's new book Training Talk: Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches. …

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 23, 2018 at 7:38am — No Comments

Perils of Reductionist Thinking

Focusing on muscles and isolated movements is mentally convenient. It is very easy to break the body and movements into parts and separate systems and focus on thus parts to the exclusion of the whole. It may be convenient and easy but is not right, it ultimately leads to confusion. The body moves and works through connections, chain reactions and synergies. The brain does not recognize individual muscles, it recognizes patterns of muscle synergies. To…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 16, 2018 at 8:28am — No Comments

Good-bye Dr. Ravizza

Last week, sports psychologist Dr. Ken Ravizza passed away unexpectedly.  I really admired Dr. Ravizza's teachings and tried to integrate them into my professional practice.  Over time, I came to realize the huge value in his simply teachings and the significant impact these had on my strength and conditioning practice in terms of producing outcomes.  

God bless, Dr. Ravizza, you will be sorely…

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Added by John Mikula on July 15, 2018 at 6:41am — No Comments

Some Food for Thought Regrading Functional Movement (From Athletic Development – The Art & Science of Functional Sport Conditioning)

As a coach, particularly as a conditioning coach, following the functional path has at times been frustrating but ultimately a very satisfying experience. The path has been narrow and very winding at times and clear and well-paved at others. Beginning on the path there were more questions than answers. I found there were not a lot of sources to go to initially. But the farther I got down the path the more I found signs that many people had been there before. I…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 13, 2018 at 11:49am — No Comments

Some Food for Thought Regrading Functional Movement (Fom Athletic Development – The Art & Science of Functional Sport Conditioning)

As a coach, particularly as a conditioning coach, following the functional path has at times been frustrating but ultimately a very satisfying experience. The path has been narrow and very winding at times and clear and well-paved at others. Beginning on the path there were more questions than answers. I found there were not a lot of sources to go to initially. But the farther I got down the path the more I found signs that many people had been there before. I…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 13, 2018 at 11:44am — No Comments

Some Food for Thought Regrading Functional Movement (Fom Athletic Development – The Art & Science of Functional Sport Conditioning)

As a coach, particularly as a conditioning coach, following the functional path has at times been frustrating but ultimately a very satisfying experience. The path has been narrow and very winding at times and clear and well-paved at others. Beginning on the path there were more questions than answers. I found there were not a lot of sources to go to initially. But the farther I got down the path the more I found signs that many people had been there before. I…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 13, 2018 at 11:43am — No Comments

Some Food for Thought Regrading Functional Movement (Fom Athletic Development – The Art & Science of Functional Sport Conditioning)

As a coach, particularly as a conditioning coach, following the functional path has at times been frustrating but ultimately a very satisfying experience. The path has been narrow and very winding at times and clear and well-paved at others. Beginning on the path there were more questions than answers. I found there were not a lot of sources to go to initially. But the farther I got down the path the more I found signs that many people had been there before. I…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 13, 2018 at 11:43am — No Comments

Some Food for Thought Regrading Functional Movement (Fom Athletic Development – The Art & Science of Functional Sport Conditioning)

As a coach, particularly as a conditioning coach, following the functional path has at times been frustrating but ultimately a very satisfying experience. The path has been narrow and very winding at times and clear and well-paved at others. Beginning on the path there were more questions than answers. I found there were not a lot of sources to go to initially. But the farther I got down the path the more I found signs that many people had been there before. I…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 13, 2018 at 11:43am — No Comments

Speed

The implementation of speed and plyometric programs is widely used within the strength and conditioning world.  The evidence backs up the benefits and precautionary measure that need to be considered when devising a plyometric program. There are seven points to consider when devising a safe and appropriate plyometric program according to Brown and Ferrigno (2014). Choice, order, frequency, intensity, volume, rest, and progression (CO-FIVR-P) are foundational…

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Added by Kevin Gregory on July 13, 2018 at 8:17am — No Comments

EMG Studies and Muscle Actio

Put a muscle at a mechanical disadvantage or isolate it and you will get high degree of muscle action on an EMG. Put that muscle into a movement where it is has to work with other muscles and now watch what happens. The pattern of activity will be quite different. In the first case the muscle is screaming at you to set it free to let it work to its fullest capabilities as part of a team. In the latter case the muscle is singing because it is being the used as…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 12, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments

Athletic Development – The Basics

When I was growing there was a TV program about two detectives on the LA Police department. It was called Dragnet, the main character was Sargent Joe Friday, Badge 714, his famous line was “just the facts” when talking to a witness. To paraphrase Sargent Friday in coaching athletes to be better it all comes down to “just the basics”. That being said I have come to the realization that there is often not a good understanding of what the basics…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 9, 2018 at 10:45am — No Comments

The Road Not Taken

I was just reflecting on the poem Road Not Taken by Robert Frost: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 5, 2018 at 7:47am — No Comments

Efficient Running Mechanics

Efficient running Mechanics are a crucial aspect of running performance. Everyone pays close attention to correct mechanics up to the 400 meters and then it is as…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 2, 2018 at 8:19am — No Comments

GAIN 2018 Wrap-up – Recollections & Reflections

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GAIN 2018 has been finished for just a little over a week and I already can’t wait for next year – only 343 days to go for GAIN 2019! For my wife and I GAIN is a lot of work, but each year it is gratifying to see the work come to fruition. For all involved it is a special time of learning and sharing with other…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on June 26, 2018 at 7:45am — No Comments

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