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February 2016 Blog Posts (16)

Join us on the new GAIN cast podcast

Join us on the new GAIN cast podcast


Added by Vern Gambetta on February 29, 2016 at 7:18am — No Comments

Who Will Rake the pit?

Do the grunt work that really matters. Get your hands dirty. Everyone wants to be in the NFL or coach at a DI school. Whatever happened to paying your dues? It may a generational thing but I feel your earn the right to get to get to those levels. If you are beginning track coach dig up and rake the long jump pit. You don’t enlist in the army as a general. Earn the right to move up and move on.

Added by Vern Gambetta on February 26, 2016 at 7:33am — No Comments

Coastal Carolina Univesity Summer and/or Fall Volunteer Position

Coastal Carolina University is now accepting applications for the position of Strength and Conditioning SUMMER and/or FALLVOLUNTEER INTERN. Daily responsibilities will include but are not limited to; assisting with supervision and execution of strength training programs for various sports, teaching student athletes proper technique and equipment use, attending to the daily maintenance of the training facilities, participation in weekly projects, and…


Added by Sonya Woods on February 25, 2016 at 9:08am — No Comments


It is my experience that consistency is rewarded over spectacular. Spectacular will get you on ESPN weekly highlights but consistency wins championships. It is the athlete who shows up for every training session with their head in the training will perform at a consistent level and rise to the occasion when necessary. The athlete who is great one day, does not show mentally the next and pouts the next may perform at a…


Added by Vern Gambetta on February 25, 2016 at 7:35am — No Comments

Excellent video "External vs Internal Load" by leading sports scientist

Excellent video "External vs Internal Load" by leading sports scientist Dr Inigo Mujika

Added by on February 23, 2016 at 10:42am — No Comments

Monitor differential RPEs to better interpret match loads

Differential RPE (breathlessness, leg exertion, technical demand) helps interpreting match loads  . Use to track them easily 


Added by on February 23, 2016 at 10:02am — No Comments

The System

A system lends important order and structure to enable the coach and athlete to focus on the process. A viable system is not rigid and confining, instead it is organic and liberating. It provides a framework to build upon. Look at successful coaches and organizations and you will see a system. Some are more apparent than other but there is a system. All successful systems are guided by a well-articulated philosophy and…


Added by Vern Gambetta on February 23, 2016 at 7:16am — No Comments

Some Thoughts on Changing Practice

Changing practice can change the game only if practice is effective. Here are some of the keys to effective practice that I have found to work:

#1) Distort the game don’t try to replicate it in practice. If you want to play fast in the game, then you must practice faster than the game.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on February 22, 2016 at 6:17am — No Comments

How to increase compliance to your athlete monitoring program

Use this slideshow to show your athletes WHY their participation is crucial and HOW spending a few minutes each day to record data will allow them to train harder and safer.  Download the presentation here

Added by on February 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments


The goal in coaching should be to develop self-sufficient adaptable athletes who are prepared to thrive in the competitive cauldron. Give your athletes the mental and physical skills. Get them to the point where they trust in their preparation and let them go. If you trust in your abilities as a coach you will give the athletes independence, ownership and responsibly. If they are totally dependent on you they will…


Added by Vern Gambetta on February 19, 2016 at 7:08am — No Comments

The Laws of Strength and Conditioning: An Athletes Agreement

The Laws of Strength and Conditioning: An Athletes Agreement

By Matthew Johnson, M.S, CSCS

Director of Strength and Conditioning George Washington University 

At George Washington University we value the coach-athlete relationship.  In order to reach peak performance both parties are responsible.  As strength coaches, our job is to motivate, educate, plan and provide structure to our athletes performance enhancement.  

Below is a list of…


Added by Matthew Johnson on February 18, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Just Thinking

Is this a sign of the apocalypse? I saw where a MLB team named two corrective exercise specialists to its staff, not one but two in addition to the athletic training staff and a physical therapist - overkill? I am not 100% sure what a corrective exercise specialist is. What are they correcting? Why do you need so-called corrective exercise if you have a comprehensive well-designed sport appropriate athletic development…


Added by Vern Gambetta on February 18, 2016 at 7:15am — No Comments


Don’t tell me what you can’t do, I want to know what you can do. There are no limits - grow and expand your horizons. Look at problems as opportunities and obstacles as stepping-stones, instead of focusing on the problem focus on the solution. Think of a problem as a boulder in a stream of water. The water does not let the boulder impede its flow. Instead it bifurcates and flows around the boulder. Be like water – find…


Added by Vern Gambetta on February 16, 2016 at 6:58am — No Comments

Last Week in Oregon – Observations & Lessons

Oregon City Swim Team - Matt Crum head coach of Oregon City swim team spoke the phrase of the week to his team: “Embrace Chaos” when he was introducing a new training set in the water to his swimmers. This really resonated with me. Essentially training is preparing to race and no race goes perfectly according to plan. OCST does not have perfect facilities and unlimited pool time, in fact their facilities are limited…


Added by Vern Gambetta on February 10, 2016 at 10:36am — No Comments

Some Things Don't Make Sense

I've been in my current role for about five years now and have learned so much during this time that in reflection it amazes me.  One thing that didn't make sense to me at the time, but turned out to be one of the best things that happened to me was when we added an assistant to my position.  I guess if I had my…


Added by John Mikula on February 2, 2016 at 3:29pm — 2 Comments

Health Matters

If there was a trend that kept popping-up in training others during the past year, it was "health status and injuries."  I'm still amazed how this whole concept is really given lip-service in the sports-prep world.  Way too much attention is paid on therapeutic focus after an athlete becomes injured rather than making an effort to minimize the risk along the process.…


Added by John Mikula on February 2, 2016 at 2:45pm — No Comments

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