Ideas, Thoughts, & Observations


Posts will probably be a bit brief this week. I am preparing for a one month trip to Australia to lecture and consult. It is a trip that I have been planning for a long time. Just trying to get caught up and get all my domestic travel done before this trip has been quite a task. I am looking forward to Australia because each of the times I have gone there I have learned so much. I think they are so far ahead of us in applied sports science.

There is a great learning opportunity available that is open to all, you do not have to be a certified track coach to attend. Frans Bosch, the author of Running: Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice will be the featured speaker at the USATF Advanced Coaching Summit to be held July 1 – 3 at Loyola University in Chicago. Bosch will make presentations to both the Sprints group and the Jumps group. Additionally, Peter Pratt, the national jumps coach for the Bahamas and Dr. Richard Magill, author of Motor Learning and Control: Concepts and Applications will be featured on the program. The Advanced Coaching Summits are being held in conjunction with the USATF Level 2 School. Here is the link to the application for the Level 3 in Chicago:

I spoke to Frans the other day and he is putting a great deal of time into preparing his presentations. These summits are always a good gathering, a great place to exchange information and share ideas. Hope to see you all there.

The Little League has established a strict pitch count. That is great. Now they need to ban breaking balls and not allow kids to pitch for more than one team at a time.

Today is Willie Nelson’s birthday – Happy Birthday Willie!

Why the epidemic of oblique and intercostal strain in baseball?

Why can’t the knee go past the toe in squats and lunges?

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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