Guy Kawasaki has come up a new term to describe the path to mediocrity and eventual oblivion. In his case he is describing the decline of businesses, but I have seen the same thing with teams and coaches and training. Bozosity refers to the Bozo factor. In my opinion in the field of athletic development and rehab there is an explosion of Bozosity. How do I know there is a Bozo explosion? Here are some things I see:

It takes longer to explain the training program than it does to actually do the training program.

They guarantee results in six weeks.
I just finished reading a very good little book last night, it is called How to Get Ideas by Jack Foster. It certainly succeeded; I had so many ideas after finishing it that I could not sleep. The following is a quote from the book which in turn is a quote from Roger von Oech’s outstanding book A Whack on the Side of the Head: “But often the best ideas come from cutting across disciplinary boundaries and looking into other fields for new ideas and questions. Many significant advances in art, business, technology, and science have come about through the cross fertilization of ideas. And to give a corollary, nothing will make a field stagnate more quickly than keeping out outside ideas.” I know I have certainly have found this to be the case. If you are working exclusively with one sport go learn about other sports. When I was working with baseball, some of the best drills for reaction for the first and third basemen came from hockey goal keeper drills. There is entirely too much inbreeding of ideas. Travel around the country and observe football strength and conditioning coaching. I am willing to guarantee you won’t see anything different from school to school. That may not be necessarily bad, but it much more comfortable to follow rather than lead.

Final thought for the day – “If you don’t know where you are going every road leads there.”

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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