Athletic Development – The Concept


The term Athletic Development denotes an integrated system to enhance athletic performance, not an isolation of individual physical qualities. No single component of conditioning can be solely responsible for athletic development. It is necessary to have a balanced and integrated system to facilitate, develop, enhance, and motivate individual and team athletic performance. The body is a kinetic chain with movement occurring from toenails to fingernails. A sound program emphasizes integration of all the links of the chain by training movements’ not individual muscles. The goal of athletic development is to develop Athleticism – The ability to perform athletic movements, run, jump and throw at optimum speed and technical proficiency with precision, style and grace.

Athletic Development is based “function based” principles:

    Train movements not muscles
    Train fundamental movement skills before sport specific skills
    Train postural (core) strength before extremity strength
    Train body weight before external resistance
    Train joint integrity before joint mobility
    Train strength before strength endurance
    Train speed before speed endurance
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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