Commonsense and nonsense


I am working on the finishing touches for a book on Athletic Development. It is due to be published next fall by Human Kinetics. It has been a long and interesting and sometimes painful project. Yesterday when I was writing the epilogue I was struck by how much nonsense is associated with this field. Along with the nonsense I could not help but think of the people who have all the answers. At the completion of over 100,000 words the common theme was common sense. Training is a basic process, strip away all the mumbo jumbo and guru speak and it is very basic. I struggle to understand why people try to make it complicated. The other common theme is that there are no answers; there are principles that lead to solutions. Each individual athlete and team is a unique work in progress. A method that works great for one will result in disaster for another. Remember simplicity yields complexity, you don’t have to make it complicated to be effective.

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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