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March 2011 Blog Posts (48)

Historic Literacy/The Classics

As part of my education I studied the classics. I read Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey. I studied Shakespeare’s plays and read his sonnets. I read Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer f… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on March 31, 2011 at 6:04am — No Comments

Some More on ACL Injury Prevention

I thought I would share with you several pictures of my athletes doing what I consider essential exercises the female athlete must do for lower extremity injury prevention. This is in not intended as  a comprehensive list, that is for another time and place. Consider it a snapshot of some of the movements that must be done. All of these movements are never presented to the athletes as “injury prevention”, they are woven…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 30, 2011 at 9:22am — No Comments

Take A Bite Out Of Shoulder Injuries

Take A Bite Out Of Shoulder Injuries By Mike Gittleson


Musculus Deltoideus and Masseter

delt Musculus Deltoideus or what we refer to as the 'delts' or 'deltods' is a large triangular muscle covering the shoulder joint and serving to abduct, flex, extend and rotate the…


Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on March 29, 2011 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Specialization in Coaching

We certainly do live in an age of specialization in all fields of endeavor. I would argue that in coaching, specialization is a negative not a positive trend. I look at the coaches who have mentored me and great coaches I been around during my career. They were all generalists. Even though they were very successful in their chosen sport and discipline within the sport; most coached multiple sports or multiple areas at a… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on March 29, 2011 at 6:57am — No Comments

Preparing an Athlete for Running following Post Operative ACL Reconstruction

Attached is an article from my partner Robert Panariello MS,PT,ATC,CSCS. Please read and share your comments and thoughts.ACL%20Running%20Progression.doc

Added by Dean Maddalone on March 28, 2011 at 11:02am — No Comments

ACL Tears in Female Athletes - The Problem & Some Solutions

This article and some of the information (misinformation) in article in Sunday New York Times sports page is disturbing. The topic of the female athlete and ACL injuries is complex and sometimes controversial. It is a real problem and a crisis given the economic and human cost.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 28, 2011 at 6:40am — 1 Comment

Fixed Versus Mobile

Fixed Versus Mobile

Part of activating muscle is having it.

describe the image The Pashby Sports Safety Award is an award presented in Canada to recognize and honor people who make sports and recreational activities safer from catastrophic injuries, which typically involve the eyes, spine or brain.  Dr. Karen Johnston MD, PHD was given the Safety Award for her outstanding work to prevent injuries, most specifically concussions.

She is also Director of the Concussion…


Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on March 27, 2011 at 9:36pm — No Comments

NSCA Founder Boyd Epley Receives Recognition in Sports Illustrated

Boyd Epley, NSCA Founder and University of Nebraska Alumni, receives recognition in the Sports Illustrated article Rebuild, Recharge, Renew.

This time of the year college football enthusiasts are focused on the long standing tradition of spring football. Once an avenue of daily, blood-shedding, gridiron competition designed to separate the weak from the strong has evolved into a financially endowed venture for some of the top programs in the country, including the University…


Added by David Harris on March 26, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Investigators conclude workout led to Iowa football players' disorder

By Adam Rittenberg

A strenuous squat-lifting workout was the primary cause of 13 Iowa football players being hospitalized with a muscle disorder in January, a university investigation has concluded.

The investigation found the hospitalized players weren't responsible for their injuries and that the condition was not linked to use of drugs or supplements, according to the Des Moines Register, which obtained a copy of the…


Added by David Harris on March 26, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

BOSU Ball Use

I will admit that when the Bosu came out, I was pumped about it. I used it all the time, push ups, as a balance board, all sorts of squats, and even for some core exercises. Truth is, I was wasting my time. Here is the deal, if strength is your goal, you have to be pushing from the ground or a solid surface! There is just no way to create enough force off of a bosu ball or an unstable surface. AGREE? 


Now, there are a few things I like to use it for. I think it is a great…


Added by TJ Nielsen on March 25, 2011 at 10:31am — No Comments

Learning to Caoch - Part Five

The UCSB Track

What a place the UCSB track was in the 70’s. Sam Adams, the head coach at UCSB had an open door policy as far as allowing non-collegians to train. There was a thriving community of decathletes training there attracted by then world record holder Bill Toomey. Hansreudi Kunz was a Swiss…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 25, 2011 at 7:59am — No Comments

Heart Rate/Smart Rate

Sarasota Florida where I live is an area rich in circus tradition. Many circuses and circus performers still winter here.  When I read all the nonsense regarding heart rate monitoring and it’s various permutations I am reminded of the carnival barker at the sideshow here at the circus. Just imagine that we are at the strength and conditioning circus walking around looking at all the freaks when you hear the side show barker… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on March 24, 2011 at 7:12am — No Comments

Shoes OFF!!

Think it doesn't matter what kind of shoes you wear?


BS, it does matter. I hate seeing all these shocks and high heal shoes on everyone. Plus what is this fad about not tying your shoes and letting them flop around on your feet? Anyway. Here is my point. When you are doing any lower body posterior chain movement, you need your heal as close to the ground as possible. We take our shoes off for all dead lifts and hip thrusters. Even on some squats we'll take shoes off, just to…


Added by TJ Nielsen on March 23, 2011 at 8:22pm — 5 Comments

You Can't Hurry Love or Training

I don’t mean to be disrespectful by taking some lines from the great Supremes song and reinterpreting them, but that song speaks volumes about training the athlete. Here are some lyrics of the song as the Supremes sang them. You remember momma said:

You can't hurry love

No, you just have to wait

She said to…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 23, 2011 at 6:01am — No Comments

Push to Pull Ratio

What is your ratio ? how much do you push compared to pull? For the most part I am a do a push for every two pulls. 1:2 ratio. A lot of time I might have number of lifts the same a 1:1 ration, but the reps are far more on the pulls then the pushes. Something to take into consideration is how heavy or intense the push or the pull is. I see many programs that have intense pushes but body weight or light pulls. Something to think about. Let me know what you think!



Added by TJ Nielsen on March 22, 2011 at 8:24pm — 26 Comments

Project Neck Expands To Elon University

Ralph Cornwell, Jr. PhD. Candidate from Virginia Tech announced today of the expansion of his research study looking at lowering concussive and subconcussive forces with anatomical changes to the  neck, trapezius and upper back , accomplished through resistance training.

Cornwell’s research appropriately named Project Neck,  is charged with creating…


Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on March 22, 2011 at 1:51pm — 1 Comment

Eat Your Spinach

Spinach is good for you or so I have been told. When I was kid I was constantly admonished by my mom to eat my spinach so I could have muscles like Popeye, but I didn’t like spinach, I did not like the taste of it. I tried closing my eyes and holding my nose, that didn’t work. I tried mixing it up with stuff on plate that I liked but that did not make it any more palatable. Finally my mom gave up and we all moved on.…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 22, 2011 at 8:36am — No Comments

Learning to Coach – Part Four

UCSB Fall 1968/ Spring 1969 & La Cumbre Junior High 1969 to 1973

I was fortunate to walk into a new program at UCSB, a minor in coaching. I was the first graduate of the program, mainly because my classes as a PE minor at Fresno State carried over. It was a very innovative program and looking back a very…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 21, 2011 at 5:38am — No Comments

If You Do Not Train It - Do Not Expect It To Grow

If You Do Not Train It - Do Not Expect It To Grow


If You Do Not Train The Muscles Of The Head And Neck Do Not Expect Them To Grow                                                        

If you…

Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on March 20, 2011 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Learning to Caoch - Part Three

Fresno State Spring Semester 68

In the fall I completed all the classes for my major – Social Science with an emphasis in Latin American history so in the spring I turned my attention to my minor in Physical Education. I had decided I wanted to coach and teach, but I was still a little unsure what I was going…


Added by Vern Gambetta on March 20, 2011 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

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