Dysfunctional Training


I was sent this picture this morning. This is precisely why we need to bring a degree of sanity to what we are doing and define the field. THINK. I really can see no place for this exercise unless you are a circus performer. This is taking the idea of instability way beyond where it needs to go. What you are doing here is creating an entirely new skill set. In addition this is a high risk exercise as one of the famous “functional” training gurus found out when he tore his ACL standing on a physioball (in front of an audience). There are so many better and simpler ways to train balance.
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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.
Vern Gambetta


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