Definitions to Facilitate Communication & Discussion

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In order to facilitate communication it is important to have a common language. These are terms that I think are very important to redirect thinking away from strength & conditioning toward athletic development and to encourage discussion:

Athleticism – The ability to perform athletic movements (Run, jump, throw, twist, turn, roll, fall, bend, extend, etc.) at optimum speed with precision, style and grace within the context of the sport.

Athletic Development – The systematic, sequential and progressive development of all athletic qualities in an integrated manner to develop the complete athlete. It incorporates a balanced development of all components of physical performance: strength, power, speed, agility, endurance and flexibility. No one quality is developed to the exclusion of another.

Strength Training – Coordination training with appropriate resistance to handle body weight, project an implement, move or resist movement of another body, resist gravity and optimize ground reaction forces.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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