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December 2017 Blog Posts (19)

2017 Looking Back

The end of the year is a time for reflection, analysis and recalibration. Each day is special, so do something to make each day special for yourself and for someone else. Family is special; it is too easy to lose sight of this in pursuit of a career. True friends are special – those who are willing to tolerate your mistakes and stay with you during the good and bad times. I am looking forward to 2018; it will mark my 49th year coaching and my…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 31, 2017 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Athlete Development Process

This framework first articulated by Frank Dick many years ago is elegant in its simplicity. Follow this process and you will produce athletes who have a chance to be champions. Please note that the athlete MUST earn the right to progress to the next step. Each athlete progresses at different rates. I will be talking and writing more about this in 2018.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 29, 2017 at 6:02am — No Comments

Another Classic Resource

In July of 1986 I flew into Tucson to visit Anne E. “Betty” Atwater, a professor of Biomechanics at University of Arizona, in order to pick her brain about throwing. This was an area where she had done some landmark research on pitching mechanics in the late 1970’s. I previously had the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 27, 2017 at 8:38am — No Comments

What Kind of Muscle are You Developing?

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 26, 2017 at 2:28pm — No Comments

What Kind of Muscle are You Developing?

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 26, 2017 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Topic #79 What is the big picture of Periodization? The Annual Plan with Practical Examples Ch. 10

Topic #79 What is the big picture of Periodization? The Annual Plan with Practical Examples Ch. 10

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Added by Chris Morland on December 23, 2017 at 11:22am — No Comments

My Favorite Books for 2017

Below is a least of the books that I most enjoyed in 2017. It is a varied list. It should be noted that i did not include any fiction, not that I did not have any favorites I just thought the readers would be interested in the non-fiction choices. So far in 2017 I have read 136 books and I am currently reading five of which I will probably finish three before the end of the year. I love to read, I read as a hobby and I read to learn. When I read I just follow…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 19, 2017 at 7:08am — No Comments

GAIN 2018

Don’t miss GAIN XI June 12 to 16, 2018 at Rice University in Houston Texas. Applications open January 1, 2018. This has been a career changing experience for those who have attended. Don’t miss out. Join the leaders in sport medicine/rehab, physical education and coaching/athletic development to explore this year’s theme: Connecting the Dots - Back to Basics. For more information go to …

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 18, 2017 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Reflections/Thoughts from Today’s Morning Walk - December 18, 2017

Training should always be FUNdamental

In the developmental athlete, physical competency development should parallel technical and tactical development.

Learn from the past but don’t live there

The good old days probably were not as good as we old guys like to think they were.

Are we…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 18, 2017 at 11:28am — No Comments

Training Curves and The Growth Mindset

Training (human development) is like plotting points on a curve, right?  So, where are you on the curve?  Where is your process and the athletes you work with?  Are you more on the side of the curve plotted with "fixed" training and beliefs, i.e., there's only one way to train?  Or, are you more on the side of the curve plotted towards "continual growth" i.e., a growth mindset?

One individual that I really enjoy…

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Added by John Mikula on December 16, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Understand Systems, then Understand Athletes

The harnessing of the human body into a specific pathway for athletic or tactical production is a complex process.  Personally, I think one that starts with examining human systems, first, then understanding the needs of the athlete.  Ultimately, we should try and make sense of the performance continuum (prep, practice, performance) and how the related stress affects individual human systems. …

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Added by John Mikula on December 16, 2017 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Topic #78 Practically how does a coach apply the periodization concept to a weekly cycle?

Topic #78 Practically how does a coach apply the periodization concept to a weekly cycle? The Micro-cycle Short-Term Plan, Ch. 9 PLUS jump start your nutritional plan this year with @rockinrefuel BOGO deal for 1/2 the price! #PowerofPeriodization @Deca_Dev http://bit.ly/2yJ6mt5

Added by Chris Morland on December 16, 2017 at 9:50am — No Comments

Nursing Theory to Guide Practice

Nursing Theory to Guide Practice as a Nurse Practitioner    

Nursing Theory

Among the many nursing theories that exist in the current body of literature, Dorothea Orem’s has been chosen as the important one to guide my practice. As such, it is imperative to pay attention to the theory of self-care that focuses on ‘I’ and entails activities that a person practices, initiates or performs to maintain well-being, health, and life associated with human functioning…

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Added by Krystal Gonzalex on December 13, 2017 at 9:14am — No Comments

Is There a There There?

I just bought a book (quite expensive I might add) by one of the current keyboard guru’s because I am always trying to learn and increase my knowledge base and it was highly recommended by a young coach. It was full of marketing, buzzwords, pseudoscience and general mumbo jumbo. In addition, I suspect good portions of it were copied without any attribution or reference to the sources. Think critically. Know your science, know your practice, understand and apply sound training principles and…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 13, 2017 at 9:08am — No Comments

Sports Biometric Data – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Last week I attended the second annual Sports Biometrics conference in San Francisco, it was a good conference with very good information and challenging ideas. I also attended in 2016. Last year my general impression from the presentations and my interaction with the attendees was that data was king, it seemed that everyone was enamored by what could be measured and how. It was as if there was to measure everything that could be measured and then some. This…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 11, 2017 at 9:29am — No Comments

How do you design a workout? Topic #77: Manipulation of Training Variables, Ch. 8 #PowerOfPeriodization <a href="http://bit.ly/2AJgbK9">http://bit.ly/2AJgbK9</a>

How do you design a workout? Topic #77: Manipulation of Training Variables, Ch. 8
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Added by Chris Morland on December 9, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Laser Focus Workouts

Focus clearly only on what needs to be done to get training results that translate into competition performance. This demands a laser focus on the training tasks that are meaningful. Eliminate the nice to do activities that make you tired but don’t make you better. Never forget that less is more. Find out what works for your athletes and keep fine-tuning and tweaking that to achieve continual adaptation. Beware of variety and variation for the sake of variety…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 7, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments

Take your Periodization game to the next level with ...Topic #76: Periodization as Planning and Programming of Sport Training, Ch. 6

Take your Periodization game to the next level with ...Topic #76: Periodization as Planning and Programming of Sport Training, Ch. 6 #PowerofPeriodization #LTD #YMSClinics
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Added by Chris Morland on December 6, 2017 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Age and Experience

Hopefully with age comes wisdom. I don’t think I am any smarter today at age 70 that was at 30 or 40; I think I have learned from many experiences, some good, some bad, some successes and some failures. I certainly have many more questions than answers. The key is continually learning. It really is an attitude, a mindset, you can learn from anyone and any situation. I try to learn from everyone I meet and from every situation. In many ways it is more about…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on December 4, 2017 at 10:38am — No Comments

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