Monkey See, Monkey Do

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Does it really matter what exercises the championship hockey did last year? What relevance does what they did have to what you are doing? Are you coaching the same athletes? One of the biggest pitfalls in all of this is the monkey see, monkey do syndrome- so and so is the world record holder, we saw a picture of him or her doing squats on a physioball therefore to be a world record holder we need to do squats on a physio ball. One again I implore all of you to step back and take at the big picture. I went through the monkey see, monkey phase around thirty years ago fortunately I learned from that. That is what led me to the paradigm I described yesterday, I was getting far too cute and fancy, not focusing on the need to do, but caught up in the nice to do. Today with the internet and especially you tube there is a plethora of disinformation to lead us astray. Focus on principles and concepts. Know the context of the exercise, who is extolling the merits of the exercise, what are they promoting? IT IS MORE THAN AN EXERCISE- CAN I BE MORE CLEAR THAN THAT!!!
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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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