Basics of Athleticism


Why is it so hard to understand that you must have fundamental movement skills well developed before specific sport skills can be developed to any degree of proficiency? Regardless of the level of the athlete you must work fundamental movement skills daily. It is not difficult; it just takes attention to detail and some planning. The basics of running, jumping and throwing are the foundation to everything that makes up the intricacies of sport skill. Reach, grab, pull, push, skip, gallop, leap, jump, hop, climb, crawl, run forwards, run backwards, run sideways, roll, tumble, in short challenge the body in as many postures and positions you can. Challenge the body to adapt, give it increasingly complex movement problems to solve. Do it with a plan and purpose. Warm-up is a great time to reinforce movement skills and to teach them. We do this daily including in pregame warm-up. Open all those neural pathways. Be FUNdamental it is fun and challenging at the same time. It prevents injury and creates skill hungry athletes who are ready to learn refined sport skills.
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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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