Perception Versus Reality


We see what we chose to notice. Five years ago when I decided I was interested in a Honda Element all of a sudden I started seeing more Honda Elements on the road. Were there really more Honda Elements? No of course not, but I was choosing to notice them. We do the same thing in rehab and training. A few years ago I attended a convincing presentation on foot biomechanics, so for the next several weeks it seemed everyone had poor foot biomechanics. The moral of this story is to remember that we see what we chose to notice unless trained otherwise. That is why it is so important to have another set of eyes look at your athletes’ and to always keep the big picture in mind. Another set of eyes will see things you miss. Remember that the next time you see a Honda Element; there actually are more of them than there were five years ago. Perception or reality?

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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