Answers to Various Questions


So what you recommend for recovery between sets of working with say a basketball or soccer player for sprinting?

Proper program design and practice organization. If it is speed work longer lines for longer rest. Carefully sequence activities leading into and out of the speed work. Follow speed work with a drill that emphasizes speed of movement and thought in a tactical situation.

This rest debate brings to my mind another subject, the Barry Ross method of training his sprinters. Vern, if you are familiar with it would you mind commenting?

Someone sent me the book about a year ago. I read it, but didn't find it anything revolutionary. Perhaps I missed something. Maybe I should go back and read again. I know my colleagues Dave Reddin and Calvin Morris visited him and their feelings were much the same. What do you think?

Patrick McHugh asked me to comment on my statement "I have a system that I have evolved over the years. It works for me, in the situations where I am able to apply hands on."

Patrick as you know having worked with you and your staff for a year consultation, there are things that I can do that are not repeatable. It is sum of my experiences. That does not mean that a system cannot be repeated, it should be repeatable or it is not a system. The mistake people make is to copy everything in detail, you have taken aspects of the system I introduce and added your personal and knowledge to make it better and a system that works for North shore Country Day school.

What would be the ideal curriculum to prepare someone for a entry-level athletic development/strength and conditioning job? Besides the usual anatomy, biomechanics. Maybe this is something your book will address, but would like to know what you think the young professional needs to know upon leaving college.

This is a very good question. First of all extensive hands on practical experience under direct supervision of a trained professional in an athletic setting, not a Golds Gym or health club. There should be extensive course work in applied Biomechanics. Several courses on training theory including training plan project. Each student should have to produce a training video or an instructional package on an area of their choice. They must take what in the old days we used to call "activity classes" where they have to show fundamental proficiency to be able to demonstrate movements. Long on practice supported by theory. These are some quick thoughts.
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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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