Defining the field


I am positive that the “Strength and Conditioning” does not come close to defining the field. I used to think that Performance Enhancement was a better term, but I am not sure that is better. The term I prefer to use in Athletic Development. From my point of view this describes what I do and my colleagues who share similar beliefs. We are developing the complete athlete regardless of the sport. It is definitely more than strength, it involves traditional strength training methods and strength training that can be carried to the field, court or the pool. In short all components of athleticism are developed in the proportion demanded by the sport and specific to the needs of the individual athlete. I plan on developing this theme further in future posts.

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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