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September 2012 Blog Posts (31)

Santa Barbara High 1976 - 77 Cross Country & Track

IMG_0412 My daughter found the T-shirt (pictured at left) in the bottom of a drawer. Seeing that t-shirt triggered memories of one of my best teams and my best years coaching. I started coaching at SBHS as a student coach and student teacher in 1969. I then coached at the feeder…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 30, 2012 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Get Your Head Right and Your Leadership Skills Squared Away

In my opinion these four books are game changers. They are a must read for every coach who wants to be the best they can be. I wish I would have all of these available to me when I started coaching.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 30, 2012 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

Trouble With The Curve

MV5BMTUwNjMyMzQ3M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjcwNDMyOA@@._V1._SY317_CR0,0,214,317_ I really enjoyed this movie; so much of it rang true for me. It certainly brought back memories of my days as Director of Conditioning with the White Sox. I was fortunate to be involved in the scouting and evaluation of prospective draft choices. I was used to evaluate…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 29, 2012 at 10:10am — No Comments

It’s the Culture

The root of successful teams is the culture. It is not something that just magically happens. Like talent a winning culture is grown, encouraged and nurtured. What exactly is it? Honestly I can’t quite put my finger on it. You know it when you see it, you can sense it, it is a feeling, sometimes a state of mind. It is not inspirational signs all over the walls, or t-shirts with slogans, it is a way of getting it done…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 28, 2012 at 9:11am — No Comments

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkey-see The conversation starts out like this after Joe Blow wins a world championship. “Yea I heard that every other day he ran backward up a 400-meter hill wearing a snorkel while he was barefoot. Wow I think I need to have my cross-country team do that.” So we throw away our…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 27, 2012 at 7:45am — No Comments

Drills that are guaranteed to increase your athletes' running speed!

Hey coaches, what's going on?  Check it out, I am now an expert contributor for STACK magazine and am writing articles on a bunch of stuff!  Even better news, once I get my artciles published I will be blogging them on strength performance network for you guys to look at.

So this one is another one of my articles.  This is about 4 drills, that I've personally used with my atheltes, that are guaranteed 100% speed development in athletes for all ages.  Check it out by clicking on the…

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Added by Giovanni Grassi, CSCS on September 26, 2012 at 7:04pm — 1 Comment

Do Your Athletes Suceed in spite of their training program?

Dear Strength Coach,

This is the fourth blog post dedicated to write my next  book called

BEYOND Functional Training:

Maximizing the Transfer of Training Effects Through Science-based Exercise Selection

Today’s blog post features the third part of the preface.

The “what the hell effect” implies that the transfer was not planned and it is not known why the transfer happened. With what the hell effect, transfer between exercises remains magical,…

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Added by Karsten Jensen on September 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Increasing Strength at the Shoulder Joint

< a href='http://www.stack.com/2012/09/24/big-50-shoulder-circuit/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter' title='The BIG 50 Shoulder Workout' >The BIG 50 Shoulder Workout</a>

Added by Giovanni Grassi, CSCS on September 26, 2012 at 8:40am — No Comments

Spanish Swim Coaches Convention

It was a very enjoyable three days with the Spanish swim coaches at their annual convention. I read Spanish fairly well but I am very rusty on my spoken Spanish so it was very interesting attending the presentations. As long as I could read the slides I could follow along. I was able to capture bits and pieces of information that stimulated some ideas for me. Hopefully my presentations gave the Spanish coaches some food…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 26, 2012 at 6:56am — No Comments

The Big 50 Shoulder Workout

Check out my article for an INTENSE shoulder workout!  

http://www.stack.com/2012/09/24/big-50-shoulder-circuit/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Added by Giovanni Grassi, CSCS on September 25, 2012 at 10:11am — No Comments

Hip Abnormalities in Soccer Players



The Prevalence of Hip Abnomalities in Soccer Players



Each and every sport requires certain skill sets.  Typically these skill sets need to be mastered with thousands of reps done over and over but because of this constant repetition, it lends itself to overuse and/or structural abnormalities.  Look at baseball players, these…

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Added by Matt Siniscalchi on September 23, 2012 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Function and Functional Training– Are there a better words?

The words function and functional training have been bastardized and trivialized to the point that they are virtually meaningless. We need to come up with a better more exact term that is descriptive of function and functional training. Certainly everything and anything that involves movement is functional, it is just how functional it is? I don’t have a solution to this dilemma, but I am very concerned. The dangerous…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 20, 2012 at 3:37am — 1 Comment

The "What the h... effect"

Dear Strength Coach,

This is the third blog post dedicated to write my next book titled

BEYOND Functional Training:

Maximizing the Transfer of Training Effects through science-based exercise selection

Today’s blog post features the second part of the preface

As the subtitle of this book indicates, Beyond Functional Training is about “Exercise Selection” – possibly the most potent of the acute program variables, so…

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Added by Karsten Jensen on September 19, 2012 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments

Dotting the i's

Interest – Stimulate it. Keep the athlete interested by challenging them, by testing their limits and capabilities. Never allow them to be comfortable.

Involvement – All in or nothing. You can’t make a partial commitment and achieve anything worthwhile.

Innovation – Constantly look for new possibilities. Look at the world differently to find new and better ways to do things.

Intensity – It is a given. Without intensity there is no training. Think of it as how you go…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 18, 2012 at 7:41am — No Comments

Injury Prevention and Causes

Actually in most situations it is quite simple, the cause and the prevention are one and the same. It is either something you are doing or it is something you are not doing. Let me give you an example. The other day I was visiting with a friend of mine who is a coach with a professional baseball organization. This past season in the minor leagues (season just ended) they had a significant increase in hamstring and groin…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 17, 2012 at 7:47am — No Comments

Db clean vs power clean

I had a coach tell me once that he would rather have an athlete who can do single leg db cleans vs someone who can do a 300 lbs power clean. What are your thoughts?

Added by Jay on September 16, 2012 at 7:27pm — 5 Comments

Fresno State Football 1964 - 67

We were going through and doing a general cleaning and we came upon a practice jersey from my days playing football at Fresno Sate. We also came upon a t-shirt from my 1977 track & field team at Santa Barbara High School. Those triggered many memories and thoughts about coaching and athlete development as I lived them. Today I am going to write about my college football experience. Latter I will write about the 1977…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 16, 2012 at 8:55am — No Comments

Building the Complete Athlete Seminar in UK

For those of you in the UK I will be presenting a two-day workshop titled Building the Complete Athlete November 3 & 4, 2012 at Leeds Metropolitan University, there are still some spots still available, enrollment is limited to forty. The workshop will be a mix of lecture, demonstration and participation (Learn by Doing). I will stress the continuum of athletic development from concept to…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 15, 2012 at 8:12am — No Comments

“What is the single most important characteristic of a successful relationship between strength and conditioning and sport performance for an athlete or a team?”

Last week I told you that my blog space for the next long while will be used to write my next book called

BEYOND Functional Training:

Maximizing the Transfer of Training Effects through science-based exercise selection

Today’s blog post features the first part of the preface.

“No athlete wants to sit in the locker room and brag about their 1RM squat after they’ve lost in the first…

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Added by Karsten Jensen on September 12, 2012 at 10:59am — 5 Comments

Beyond Functional Training

Today is the beginning of a NEW way for me to use this blog space.

Over the next many months, probably exceeding a year (maybe 2), I will use this blog space to write my next book with the title

BEYOND Functional Training:

Maximizing the Transfer of Training Effects through science-based exercise selection

I first learned about this way of using a blog, from Sonia Simone (…

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Added by Karsten Jensen on September 12, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

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