Training Information or Training Knowledge

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Training information is easy to find, go anywhere on the internet and you will all kinds of information, some valuable, some trivial and some downright useless and misleading. How can you separate the wheat from the chaff? Maybe it just reflects my age, education and the era when I grew up. A good sound base of knowledge is so much more important than information. I think to be able to sort through the mounds of information that is available today it is necessary to have a good foundation in the principles of training and sport science. You do not have to be a sport scientist, but you should be able to understand the application of the concepts. For me it means going back to basics, which is something I try to do several times a year. Go to classical texts in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor learning, read current research, seek out people who are doing applied research. Don’t chase rainbows, there are no secrets, virtually everything that I have seen touted as the latest and greatest in the last four years was twenty to thirty years old, everything old is new again! I would like to let everyone in on a little secret; training did not start in 1998. There were great athletic performances 30, 50, 80, 100 years ago. Wiser men than me have said learn from the past. I might add but don’t live in the past. I think it is sad that in our society we are so focused on now and instant results that we do not seem to want to learn from history and the people who paved the path for us. In short seek knowledge not information, read books, go to the library and read a journal. Ask someone to come to one of your training sessions and have him or her critique it. Knowledge is about self improvement in order to be the best you can be.It goes back to having a good working compass that is oriented to true north. That in essence is your bullshit filter that will enable you to sort the information, to find what is valuable.
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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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