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Let be clear about one thing props like foam rollers cannot be a focal point. They are just that, props. In the scheme of a training system and in the smaller scheme of the actual workout they are a small segment of the big picture. I am bothered when in my travels I see foam rollers the focal point of a warm-up. They are a remedial tool to be used sparingly and individually. In 1996 with the Tampa Mutiny professional soccer team I had six players that had a five minute routine on rollers to address specific issues that had never been addressed in their careers. They were veteran players who had developed some serious issues in then hip and groin area. The point is that this tool worked well for those players in that time and place, but there was no universal application to the rest of the team.
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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

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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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