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Everyday I get questions from people who read this article or heard that guru speak at a seminar (that they usually paid a lot of money for). The questions usually are something like this: What did he mean by this or How do I do that that? I usually have no clue because it is some term that the guru invented that I have never seen before. Remember gurus thrive on making things complex. If you can’t break it down and make it simple it is probably not worth doing. The current guru buzz word is prehab which is the most nonsensical term I have ever heard. I thought it was nonsense when pitching guru Tom House first used in the mid eighties and it is just as nonsensical now. Basically call it what is, it is remedial work designed to prevent common injuries in a sport. Why make it more complicated? Because if it is not complicated you can’t be a guru! It used to be harder to be a guru, now it is easy just get a web page or even a blog and declare yourself an expert and instantly you are a guru. This is the downside of the information age in which we live. We need to have checks and balances, but the best check and balance is your philosophy and base of knowledge. A good sound philosophy and foundation of knowledge will allow you to put you bullshit filter on fine to screen out the guru speak.

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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