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October 2010 Blog Posts (47)

2011 GAIN Apprentorship

Be a leader! Apply now and join a select group of professionals at the 2011 GAIN Apprentorship. Our goal is to define the field of Athletic Development by educating professionals in foundational principles and methodology as applied to coaching, physical education and rehabilitation. This program is not for the faint of heart or dilettantes, it is intense, intellectually challenging and demanding.

GAIN Apprentorship = Apprenticeship + Mentorship

We combine both into a blend of… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 31, 2010 at 9:22am — No Comments

NSCA Bulletin Version 32.10 (October 2010)

For those interested, the latest NSCA bulletin has been published: Version 32.10, concerning the month of October 2010. Among other topics, new in this bulletin you will find:

  • Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Distinction
  • Strategic Planning Summit Goals
  • Call for NSCA Committee and Board of Directors Volunteers
  • Recertification Deadline Information
  • And more....
To view and/or download the bulletin,…

Added by David Harris on October 30, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Athlete Centered Training

Effective training programs are athlete centered. You are probably thinking that is a really profound statement. Well in many ways it is. Sometimes we forget that it is about the athlete, not the training program or the technique. Too often coaches impose a training program or technique on the athlete, that does not fit the athlete and ultimately it fails. If fails through lack of improvement or results in an injury. The rule of thumb is simple; fit the training to the athlete not the athlete… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 30, 2010 at 6:33am — No Comments


We have more evidence everyday that multitasking does not work in everyday life. It is inefficient and leads to shoddy results. The same is true in training. For training to be effective there must be a clear focus. There must be a plan and the plan must be executed. Each session must be evaluated in the context of the plan and the objectives of the plan. The athlete, the coach, in fact the entire performance team must never lose sight of the objectives of the plan. The training session is the… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 29, 2010 at 8:23am — No Comments

Half truths and Lies

If you don’t know something or have the facts just make it up, just create your own set of facts to support your argument or point of view. It seems that this is acceptable in today’s world of hype, instant results and marketing. It is true in politics, government, and business and in athletic development. False or questionable facts unchecked take on a life of their own, just look around in the field of athletic development, you see it everywhere, exorbitant claims made for questionable… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 28, 2010 at 8:12am — 1 Comment

Time or Timing

Periodization or Planned Performance Training as I prefer to call it is not about time it is about timing. Essentially it is the timing of the application of the training stresses. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that different physical qualities have different times to adaptation. The art and science of this is to manipulate all the components so that they interact positively to achieve the desired adaptation. The length of the training periods (microcycle, mesocycle, block) needs to… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 27, 2010 at 6:22am — No Comments

The Coaching "Eye"

Everyone has a bias when they look at movement. This was underscored in the past few days when as we did the Physical Competency Assessments in Trinidad. The people that were physical therapists looked at the movement different than the doctors who looked at movement different than the coaches. Each had (have) what I call perspective bias. We all tend to look at movement from a perspective colored by our experience. I was constantly imploring everyone doing the evaluations to look at movement… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 26, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

The Molecules Follow The Overload Principle, Do You?

The Molecules Follow The Overload Principle, Do You?

In 1919 Lange wrote a scientific treatise entitled 'About functional adaptation'...Uber Funktionelle Anpassung. This is what he said:

"Only when a muscle performs with greatest power,i.e. through overcoming of greater resistance in a unit of time than before, would its functional cross section need to increase.... If, however, the muscle

performance… Continue

Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on October 25, 2010 at 10:11am — No Comments

If You Want Your Bench Press To Go Up, Train Your Hands

If You Want Your Bench Press To Go Up, Train Your Hands

Mike Gittleson was the Director of Strength & Conditioning at the University of Michigan for 30 years and was a part of 15 Football Championships in that time. He explains, hand strength changes the athlete.

If you go to the NFL combine in Indianapolis you will observe hundreds of coaches, scouts, and front office officials writing… Continue

Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on October 21, 2010 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Quick Fixes and Crash Programs

Quick fixes are usually a band-aid, a short-term solution for a long-term problem. The same with crash programs, they usually crash. There is no substitute for time, it takes time to adapt, remember different physical qualities have different times to adaptation. You can’t force adaptation with out paying the consequences. There is no substitute for a well-planned long-term program that is progressive and sequential in nature. Beware of charlatans and false prophets that claim otherwise it take… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 21, 2010 at 6:38am — No Comments

One Way

There is no one-way. A wise man once said that there are many roads to Rome. My corollary to that is that some are more direct than others. I get very nervous when people preach and teach one way. You need to have a have command of a variety of means and methods of training and then be able to select the appropriate ones necessary to accomplish the task at hand. If the only tool you have is a hammer then everything becomes a nail, trite but true. Make sure you know the principles behind what… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 20, 2010 at 3:50am — 1 Comment

KNow the Rules before you break the Rules

KNow the Rules before you break the Rules

Training the muscles of the head and neck are essential to an athlete's protection and performance. The best case scenario for training the musculature of the head and neck…


Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on October 20, 2010 at 12:18am — 2 Comments

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Added by David Harris on October 19, 2010 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Highlight Play Syndrome

Today with a plethora of 24-hour sports channel we have become conditioned to believe that sport performance is a series of “highlights”, spectacular plays that that determine the outcome of a game of match. Highlight plays are entertaining, but they come nowhere close to what actually happens in the game. Highlights are plays or situations that occur once a year, sometimes once a career. They are just that a highlight a brief moment in time, often completely taken out of the context of the… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 19, 2010 at 7:11am — No Comments

A Conversation... And What The Pro Scout Said

A Conversation... And What The Pro Scout Said

"We like big hand size. We measure it from the tip of the pinky to the tip of the thumb and have the athletes spread their fingers and thumb as far apart as possible. We like lineman with a measurement of 10 1/2 inches or bigger and high 9's and 10's for the skill. The biggest hand I ever measured was 11 1/8 inches from a kid out of LSU, he said."…


Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on October 19, 2010 at 2:32am — No Comments

The Decathlon Metaphor for Training

Just to refresh your memory the decathlon consists of ten individual events contested over two days. The final performance is determined by the sum of scores assigned for performances in each individual event. To achieve a good score demands a balance in scoring throughout the ten events. You can’t be good just at one or two events, in fact you could a world record holder in one event and be mediocre in the decathlon. You must show a degree of proficiency at all ten events. I competed in the… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 18, 2010 at 6:28am — No Comments

Hamstrings Pulls Guaranteed

If you want to pull hamstrings then spend a lot of time focused on training the hamstring muscles in isolation. Do hamstring curls at least twice a week and try to fit in another day if possible. Be sure to go as heavy as you can and really emphasize the eccentric phase by slowing down the lowering action. If you do not have one, go out and buy a $400 ham/glute machine and add that into the program. That really gets a burn once you master the technique. When you are out on the field as part of… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 15, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Protection vs. Performance?

Protection vs. Performance?

By Dan Riley M.S.

Milo of Croton was an Ancient Greek athlete (sixth Century B.C.). Milo lived on his father’s farm and was training for the Ancient Greek Games. For

part of his training Milo hoisted a baby bull upon his shoulders and

walked up and down a small incline. This was part of his daily exercise



Added by Dr.Ralph Cornwell Jr on October 15, 2010 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Coach Wooden and Winning

Steve Odgers send me an email yesterday reminding me that it was John Woodens birthday and that Coach Wooden never spoke to his teams about winning. Never speaks volumes when you think of the championships and wins his teams accumulated. The message here, a message I have seen in everyone that are consistent winners, is that they focus on the process, not the outcome. If you pay attention to details, have a plan and get absorbed in the process then the winning is an outcome. Conversely think of… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 15, 2010 at 10:18am — No Comments

The Athletic Development Process

Ultimately I think we all should remember that the athletic development process is not something we do to the athlete is something we do with the athlete. Our job as professionals in athletic development is to help develop the most complete athlete we possibly can and to put that athlete into the competitive arena confident in their preparation so they can express their movement dynamics and ability to compete without reservation. There is definitely science to all of this and that cannot be… Continue

Added by Vern Gambetta on October 14, 2010 at 11:23am — No Comments

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