Kelvin Giles Comment on the Female Athlete


Kelvin Giles sent me the following excerpt from one of his manuals after reading the last post on the female athlete:

The following information illustrates the differences between the male and female during these ever-changing periods of maturation. It must be pointed out that these are simply differences and in no way should anyone think that this means that we treat the female athlete differently to the male athlete. They can train hard and they can adapt to all the physical, psychological, technical and tactical facets of their chosen sport. They can be exposed to and reach the highest standards in attitude, commitment and discipline. The differences should be viewed as being subtle and should be treated respectfully but not used as an excuse to lower expectations. Without personalizing this issue too much I have been honored to coach several world class female athletes to Olympic and World Championship heights and in each case my approach was no different to that with the male athlete. In each case their mental toughness, discipline, ability to tolerate high intensity work and their total lack of complaint when things got inconvenient and adverse were exemplary.

Go to Kelvin’s website for more information. Also read the article on his website about coaching Generation Y, it will make think.
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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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