What does Combine Training do?


Combine training makes the player highly adapted to a few movements that really have no impact on their ability to play the game. Furthermore the movements in the combine tests bear very little resemblance to what actually happens in the game. So what are they doing? Now every sport is going to testing combines. Rumor has it that even Major League Baseball will have a combine. Has anyone ever taken a moment to step back to assess what information is derived from the combine? After scouting players for four years what do you really learn from some artificial and contrived tests? I know one thing if I owned an NFL team or were the GM of a team we would not participate in the combine. We would evaluate our own potential draft picks with tests and medical exams that were revealing and indicative of their ability to play the game. I maintain that no one has the courage to do this, they are all sheepwalking, following the flock.
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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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