It Is Always About The Athlete


Foundational Beliefs #2 – It Is Always About The Athlete

It is so easy to get caught up in the intricacies of technique and training and lose focus on the athlete. It is the athlete we are guiding to be better. A wise old American football coach put it quite succinctly – “It is not the X’s and O’s it is the Jimmies and the Joes.” Never lose sight of the human element. We must appreciate that they train two to four hours a day and then have a life for the other twenty to twenty two hours. What they do in those hours in many ways has a more profound effect on their success or failure as an athlete that the hours of training. As coach’s we need to stress the “24 Hour Athlete” concept – the need to be excellent in all aspects of life not just in sport. We are coaches because of and for the athlete.

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.
Vern Gambetta


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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