Certification or education


It really should not be an either or proposition but that seems to be the way that it is. There is such a premium now put on certification that I think we are losing sight of the educational component. There is no substitute for in depth practical learning experiences. The plethora of online courses and so called ”distance learning “ programs make me very nervous. I am increasing running into people with more letters after their name that some Nobel laureates who no nothing more that a litany of facts taken out of context. I guess that is why I am partial to the USA Track & Field Coaching program. It is an education program that leads to certification. It requires attendance at courses and real work. I attended the Level II Jumps school this past summer and it was a tremendous learning experience. Oh by the way you get certified if you pass!

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


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