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The Wizard of Foz – Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High Jump Revolution by Bob Welch with Dick Fosbury.

Y ou can learn a lot from athletes’ biographies, especially from someone who innovated like Fosbury did. There are many lessons to be learned from this book both about sport and life through the chronicles of his rise to Olympic Champion and beyond. It is well framed in the context…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 11, 2018 at 9:48am — No Comments

Strategies for Coaching Success

You must know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses as a coach. Just as you expect your athletes to work on their weakness and maximize their strengths you should also. Know the sport that you are working with, become an expert; leave no stone unturned in your search for knowledge. Know the body and how it responds to training. Recognize the role growth and development play in the training process. Learn to see movement…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 10, 2018 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Strategies for Coaching Success

You must know yourself and your strengths and weaknesses as a coach. Just as you expect your athletes to work on their weakness and maximize their strengths you should also. Know the sport that you are working with, become an expert; leave no stone unturned in your search for knowledge. Know the body and how it responds to training. Recognize the role growth and development play in the training process. Learn to see movement…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 10, 2018 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Commonalities of Movement

Human movement is fundamentally beautiful and flowing. Step back and look at sports from a movement perspective, not a sport skill perspective, you will see a commonality in movement, a beauty and a flow. Start with walking gait. Observe the opposition of the arms and legs and the counter rotation of the shoulders and the hips. Look for this across movements. Gait is a great place to start! All throws look fundamentally the same, all jumps look the same,…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 8, 2018 at 8:55am — No Comments

Work Capacity - Application of the Concept

A month ago, I posted on the concept of work capacity, here is the follow-up. The application of the concept of work capacity is based on basic principles:

At younger training ages volume and general work will be the primary stimulus for adaptation. Experience has shown us that with younger athletes anything you do will make the athlete better. The more…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on October 1, 2018 at 11:15am — No Comments

Contemporary Coaching Challenges

This is an excerpt from my book Athletic Development – The Art & science of Functional Sports Conditioning that I thought was particularly timely.

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“We do not coach in a vacuum. Within our society we have some…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 16, 2018 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Work Capacity - The Concept

Work capacity is the ability to tolerate a workload and recover from that workload. In order for an athlete to improve they must be able to do a certain threshold amount of work. They must be able to work at a level that will ensure enough stress to achieve an optimum adaptive response. If they cannot do the work, they will not improve. Therefore, the goal with this type of individual would be to build a work capacity base that fits the specific demands of the…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on September 4, 2018 at 8:59am — No Comments

So, You Want a Coaching Job?

In the course of my fifty years of coaching I have been fortunate to have had great mentors, influences and role models. I learned very early that I was not entitled to anything I had to pay my dues and earn the right to move forward. I constantly had to prove my competence and continue to improve.

In today’s world with increasing specialization and fast tracking I worry about the up and coming generation of coaches.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 30, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

So, You Want a Coaching Job?

In the course of my fifty years of coaching I have been fortunate to have had great mentors, influences and role models. I learned very early that I was not entitled to anything I had to pay my dues and earn the right to move forward. I constantly had to prove my competence and continue to improve.

In today’s world with increasing specialization and fast tracking I worry about the up and coming generation of coaches.…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 30, 2018 at 7:05am — No Comments

Who Am I?

I am possibly going through an old age identity crisis, but I have been thinking a lot lately about how people define themselves or let other define them. It got me thinking about how I define myself, so at the risk of coming across as vain and self-centered I thought I would share how I define myself. This is partially as a result of spending too many years letting others define me. I have learned to have a chance to make an impact and lead a purposeful life…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 15, 2018 at 8:12am — No Comments

Who Am I?

I am possibly going through an old age identity crisis, but I have been thinking a lot lately about how people define themselves or let other define them. It got me thinking about how I define myself, so at the risk of coming across as vain and self-centered I thought I would share how I define myself. This is partially as a result of spending too many years letting others define me. I have learned to have a chance to make an impact and lead a purposeful life…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 15, 2018 at 8:12am — No Comments

Who Am I?

I am possibly going through an old age identity crisis, but I have been thinking a lot lately about how people define themselves or let other define them. It got me thinking about how I define myself, so at the risk of coming across as vain and self-centered I thought I would share how I define myself. This is partially as a result of spending too many years letting others define me. I have learned to have a chance to make an impact and lead a purposeful life…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 15, 2018 at 8:11am — No Comments

Read this Book! The Playmakers Advantage

For the past fifteen years I have been focused on what to do to get better at getting better. I have explored cognitive neuroscience, recognizing that the brain and how we train the brain is the key to getting better at getting better. In that pursuit I…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 10, 2018 at 8:17am — No Comments

Fit for the Test or Fit to Play for the Game

Do you want your athletes fit for the test or fit to play for the game? There is a real and distinct difference on one hand and some real lessons to be learned on the other. It all depends how the “fitness” tests are used and how they are framed in the overall context of the annual and career plan. The goal is accurate feedback in a competitive environment of the physical qualities that could determine success in the game. Selection and timing of tests sends a…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 7, 2018 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

Clearing the Path or Preparing the Athlete for the Path

This post reporting Tony Strudwick’s comments is what prompted me to write this post. http://trainingground.guru/articles/tony-strudwick-why-sport-science-has-lost-its-way

Let’s stop putting inordinate amount of time in clearing a smooth and direct path for the athlete. All it does is set up…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on August 1, 2018 at 8:35am — No Comments

Junior World Championships

Recently the Junior World Track & Field Championships were televised. I watched with great interest. It was interesting to see the wider variation in body types than what you see at the senior level. I couldn’t help but think as I was watching how many of these athletes would go on and be a factor at the senior level. By being a factor, I look at it several ways:

  • How many will go on to compete at the senior…
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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 29, 2018 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Where are you looking?

A drunken man was intently searching the ground near a lamp post. My friend asked what he was looking for. The drunk replied that he was looking for his car keys, so my friend helped him look without success. Then he asked whether the man was certain that he dropped the keys near the lamppost. “No,” replied, “I lost the keys somewhere across the street.” My friend asked him “So why are you looking here?” The drunk quickly answered, “The light is much better…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 27, 2018 at 8:03am — No Comments

Training Talk:Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches

The following post is taken from the Foreword I contributed to Martin Bingisser's new book Training Talk: Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches. …

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 23, 2018 at 7:38am — No Comments

Perils of Reductionist Thinking

Focusing on muscles and isolated movements is mentally convenient. It is very easy to break the body and movements into parts and separate systems and focus on thus parts to the exclusion of the whole. It may be convenient and easy but is not right, it ultimately leads to confusion. The body moves and works through connections, chain reactions and synergies. The brain does not recognize individual muscles, it recognizes patterns of muscle synergies. To…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 16, 2018 at 8:28am — No Comments

Some Food for Thought Regrading Functional Movement (From Athletic Development – The Art & Science of Functional Sport Conditioning)

As a coach, particularly as a conditioning coach, following the functional path has at times been frustrating but ultimately a very satisfying experience. The path has been narrow and very winding at times and clear and well-paved at others. Beginning on the path there were more questions than answers. I found there were not a lot of sources to go to initially. But the farther I got down the path the more I found signs that many people had been there before. I…

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Added by Vern Gambetta on July 13, 2018 at 11:49am — No Comments

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