Train for the Game

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I enjoyed every minute of University of Oregon’s victory over USC on Saturday night. I had a preview last May during a visit with my good friend and colleague Jim Radcliffe. He spoke about the tempo of practices and some of the changes and modifications they had made. It sure showed on the field. Jim is an Athletic Development coach, he gets the big picture, they use Olympic lifting, but the way it should be used. His goal is to produce better football athletes. You play fast if you practice fast. Those of us fortunate to hear Jim present the details of his program at the GAIN Apprentorship ( By the way Jim will be back again again this year) can fully appreciate the passion, knowledge and dedication that is necessary to produce at this level. The following is a quote for a news conference yesterday with the Oregon head coach: It’s a byproduct of Jimmy Radcliffe (Oregon’s Strength and Conditioning Coach and the conditioning program) and how we practice, cited Kelly. It’s really how we practice and the pace at which we practice that allows us to play at a really high tempo on Saturdays. I am sure Jim is somewhat embarrassed by this, he is not one to seek the limelight. For him it is all about the athlete.
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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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