Dietrich Harre – Principles of Sports Training


The bibles according to Harre as some of my friends refer to it. An outstanding basic book, not because it is East German, there are no secrets just sound training concepts. I am rereading this for the umpteenth time. I find it keeps me grounded in the principles of training, no glitz, no glamor, no marketing, just basics. Every time I read it I marvel at the simplicity of the concepts. In the midst of this read it dawned on me how much influence the concepts taught in this book influences me. Really nothing especially profound, in the content, just common sense and sound pedagogy. It also serves to remind that training did exist before the internet, I know this will surprise many of the current generation of internet experts. This book is a must for a coaches library, unfortunately this book is now out of print. I think if you search on used book sites you can still find it.
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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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