Where do you Start?


Where do you start? Probably the most simple and direct answer is at the beginning. I say this not to be flippant, but to emphasize that a heavy dose of common sense goes a long way. Carefully study the sport you are working with. Know the differing demands of each of the positions or the events. Get to know the athletes by thoroughly profiling them so you completely understand what physical qualities they bring to the table. Understand the pattern of injuries in the sport and design a transparent injury prevention program for that sport. Now you are ready to begin. When you begin don’t imitate, innovate. One coach recently told me he was using the Virginia Tech program, I looked at him and asked him if was coaching at Virginia Tech. He answered, no of course not, I am Losers Tech. My retort was then develop a Losers Tech program, you don’t have the same objectives, the same athletes and the same competitive schedule. Common sense goes a long way, but it is not common. Whatever you do should be based on sound training principles that are consistently applied.

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.
Vern Gambetta


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