Balance in Perspective


Yesterday I was talking to Steve Odgers, former Director of Conditioning for the White Sox, and one of my former athletes. He was relating the emphasis at the NSCA Convention on training Balance. This was something he and I instituted years ago in his training and in working with the White Sox, especially the pitchers. His feeling, one that I share, is that that there is now a misplaced emphasis on static balance. It is about balance in motion, not balance in stillness. The missing ingredient is that without the ability to reduce and produce force all the balance work in the world will be ineffective. In our programs now it is about five minutes out of a ninety minute session. It is a small part of a big picture.
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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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