Stop and Think


Richard MacLeish wrote me the following reply to yesterday’s post (his question are in blockquote).

How do you know what exercises are going to help a specific function?

Learn the demands of the sport and the position, know the athlete.

I understand the rational, but I also see that the reason the soccer coach went to the strength coach was because he lacked the knowledge to help his players get stronger.

Point well taken up to a certain point- This is what I keep hearing. My question is stronger for what? For the game or to lift more weight?

Can you recommend a good source for functional knowledge?

This is not a question of function, that has become as trite a term as HIT or Olympic Lifting, a way to label or pigeon hole someone. Learn about movement. Get out and try different things and see how they feel. Be a coach. There is no holy grail of knowledge about function.
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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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