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November 2016 Blog Posts (8)

Some Thoughts, Reflections & Advice on Coaching

Keep Learning

There is no one way or an answer

Be Humble

Know what you know and learn what you don’t know

Don’t reinvent the wheel

Know History

Stay curious & keep asking questions

Coaching is a craft, be a skilled craftsperson

Make mistakes and learn from them

It’s not about you; it is all about the…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 21, 2016 at 7:45am — No Comments


Training athletes and tactical warriors in a dynamic manner means that the training program is progressive, is adaptable, is productive and rewarding with the end game being to help facilitate better performance production outside of the training environment. Within this context, healthy competitors are much more likely to produce during competition than those who aren't healthy. "Health" is a general term to include physical and emotional healthiness (well-being). Overtraining, repetitive… Continue

Added by John Mikula on November 18, 2016 at 7:46am — No Comments


I cannot overestimate the value of being "healthy" as an athlete or tactical warrior. Yet, this status very often takes a back seat to the cumulative effects on the human body for overly-developing niche aspects of fitness such as explosiveness and power. Sure, injuries and various levels of health are a reality of trying to compete at a high level and a variable in the unpredictable nature of sports. But, we should not accept that being injured is a reality of the training process. To the… Continue

Added by John Mikula on November 15, 2016 at 8:19am — No Comments


We hear a lot in the field about trying to create powerful athletes, explosive athletes, and strong athletes.  These are great attributes and very beneficial, but unless these outcomes are part of a dynamic process geared towards a specific application, what really is the benefit?

Dynamic is a word that's maybe misunderstood in the profession.  According to The Oxford…


Added by John Mikula on November 12, 2016 at 9:19am — No Comments

Looking at the Landscape

In athletic development certainly we are not going where no one else has gone before, we are not sailing uncharted waters, the path is clear, and the destination is obvious. That begs the question then, why with all we know and the supposed progress we have made are results so inconsistent. Why are preventable injuries at levels never seen before in sport? Do we need to take a different approach? To answer these questions we must take a long look at what got…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 11, 2016 at 10:23am — No Comments

Biased Training

I am alarmed with the biased one-sided training regimens that I see imposed on athletes. If you are doing a lot of something then you are probably not doing much of something else, a zero sum relationship. The result is a highly adapted athlete, the athlete adapts to that one component being trained. To thrive in the performance arena demands a highly adaptable athlete whose training is multidimensional that reflects the demands of the sport and the needs of the individual…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 9, 2016 at 8:07am — No Comments

Sport Science in Perspective

Most scientific studies are isolated studies out of context of the spectrum of human movement demands. Science needs to measure an isolated component in order to conduct “valid” scientific experiments. I understand that those are the rules of the game for the scientist, but outside the lab in the real world of performance the rules are different. On the field or in the pool we cannot isolate variables. Does that mean we should reject science and rely solely on practice and experience,…


Added by Vern Gambetta on November 7, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Coaching Production

In a lot of ways simply improving the quality and dynamics of performance coaching makes more of a difference in athletic development and production than choice of exercises, load schemes, or periodization models.  John Wooden wrote and lectured on coaching way more than Xs and Os.  In fact, he admitted the Xs and Os were not his strong point, yet, he's arguably the best American team-sports coach.  Vince Lombardi's very simple approach to Xs and Os took a back seat…


Added by John Mikula on November 3, 2016 at 8:18pm — No Comments

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