USA Track & Field Coaching School

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I was privileged to attend the USA Track & Field Coaching at Loyola University in Chicago from June 30 to July 3. I attended the presentations by Frans Bosch to Sprints and Jumps group. He did six presentations on six topics. I found them all very thought provoking and stimulating. He is an individual who literally combines art and science. He is an artist and brings the creativity and the eye of the artist to movement and he is also a scientist with an understanding of biomechanics. There was so much information that I need time to digest it all. Here are a few thoughts that I gleaned from his presentations:

  • Use science carefully – combine good practice and science
  • Anatomy (Structure of the body) is important; it is not just kinetics and kinematics. He approaches movement from an anatomical point of view. ( I kept thinking back to the work of Richard Lieber, who approaches movement in a similar manner)
  • No strict rules about form – but building blocks from anatomy and biomechanics
  • Individualization is the key
  • Wrong to consider basic motor properties independently, they are all interrelated.
  • Intermuscular coordination is the most important factor in performance
  • Strength is a function of coordination
  • Strength Training is coordination training under increased resistance

I will post more on his ideas as I have time to review my notes and reflect on his ideas. It is always great to have your ideas challenged. It was also great to be able to have to visit Gary Winckler and Jim Radcliffe, two of the best coaches I know. They always get me inspired.

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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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