What is convenient is not always right. Just because something is easy to measure does not mean it will improve performance. If we train for what we measure then hopefully that will improve, but if what we measure is not relevant to the sport we are training for, then we have the athletic equivalent of no child left behind – a bunch of athletic dolts who can do mindless repetitions of cone drills but can’t play the game. They know how to take the test, but don’t know how to apply it to the game. Our job as athletic development coaches is not to do what is convenient and easy, but to do what is right, to do what improves performance in the game. Sometimes it is basic, sometimes it is complicated, but it should transfer. Sometime it is measurable and sometimes it only shows up the field.
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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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