Learning from the Athletes

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Someone commented on one of yesterday’s posts that you can learn a lot from your athletes. Amen to that. I think in forty years of coaching that I have learned more from the athletes that I have coached and those athletes that I have been fortunate to have been around than any single source. The athletes live it. They know what the workouts feel like, they are the ones who put their ass on the line in competition. It is important to note that I have learned as much or even more from the average athletes as from the stars. There are times when I wish I would listened more and talked less. That is another lesson it seems we all must learn. Richard Aguirre who ran 8;56 in the Two Mile back in 1975 asked me one day why we always did out long run on Sunday and then came back with Monday as our hardest day of the week. That simple question forced me to go back and look at my whole distribution of work throughout the microcycle. Of course I had the long run on Sunday because that is the way everyone else did it. Pure and simple sheep walking! It is good to empower the athletes by teaching what you are doing with them. Coaching is a cooperative process, it is not something we do to the athletes, it is something we do with them.

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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