What I learned down under

  1. It is about people, not facilities and equipment. They have a culture that values sport and coaching.
  2. Integration of sports science is part of the sporting culture. The input of the sport scientist is sought and valued.
  3. Just like us they have their problems. Sometimes top heavy with administration. Government funding is both a blessing a curse at times.
  4. Friendships through sport are long lasting and built on mutual respect.
  5. They have a real desire to learn and improve. They look for the edge by seeking new knowledge. When you have a small population you must use all the resources possible to develop talent.
  6. The difference between coaching and personal training was reaffirmed.
  7. There are no secrets! People were open and willing to share ideas and information.
  8. Our American football could learn a tremendous amount from Rugby Union, Rugby League and Aussie Rules Football.
  9. They no longer have required physical education in the schools. We both need it.
  10. Recovery for them is much more scientific. It is based on the demands of the practice or the game.

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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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