Catching Up


I have been traveling so much lately I am trying to catch up with myself. The trip to England was quite good. The First two days I was at Loughborough University presenting a seminar for The FA to Fitness coaches of professional teams, there were sixty coaches in attendance. Presenting in that environment is never easy because people often do not want to hear the theory and the why, they want to get to the what. Therefore the theme of the two days was “Stuff.” My basic point is that everyone does stuff, in the past six weeks I have literally seen training stuff all over the world. There are the same ladders and hurdles, with the same drills mindlessly reproduced. My thesis is that “stuff” without the why, what, how and when is just that “stuff.” That is not good enough. I hope that I got my point across. The next day I put on a different hat and traveled to Manchester to do a demonstration of a product in development for a company I am consulting with. It was very interesting monitoring the practice and visiting with the fitness coaching staff there. Friday and Saturday I was able to combine business with pleasure and visit my good friend Dean Benton and his lovely wife in Leicester. Dean is now the head strength and conditioning coach for the Leicester Tigers England. I was able to observe two training sessions and individual session with a player. Dean does an excellent job, he has had to work hard to change the culture of training from an overemphasis on strength training to a more balanced program. While I was there Dean was offered an opportunity to return to his old team in Australia, the Brisbane Broncos, as Performance Director. He has accepted and will be returning to Australia. I am looking forward to visiting him there.

Saturday Dean facilitated a meeting with Michael Snelling, English Rugby Team Senior Team Physiotherapist. We spent about four hours discussing hamstring injuries, prevention and rehabilitation. Michael had done a brilliant presentation at the conference a couple of weeks previous so we used his notes from that as a starting point. He is a real sharp dude, who really stimulated me to think. He also gave a ride to Heathrow so I was able to pick his brain further.

I always come away from weeks like this excited and over stimulated. Getting back to reality after weeks like this is always hard, especially when the first morning you wake up and the blog is gone. Reality check! Got back and got one session with my Venice girls last week. They are AWESOME- all of you should have the opportunity to work with a group like this. They followed every workout to the letter. This is a special group of young ladies. Yesterday was testing and now we start a plyo block. I can’t wait for the workout this afternoon.
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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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