Taking a Mechanistic Approach to the Body


Looking at the body as a machine and the mind as a computer does not give the human body the credit it deserves. This represents the mechanist viewpoint that leads us us to the robotic fix the parts approach that then can only lead to a dead end. Today, based on experience, best practice and extensive scientific research we know that the body is highly adaptable and self organizing. All the pieces connect, the mind is plastic and always changing and learning. We have an inherent wisdom to solve movement problems from very simple and remedial to highly complex. As coaches essentially what we do is apply constraints to force the body to adapt. Of course the art and science is to know what constraints to add or remove and when. Frankly that is what makes us all humans, not machines and makes it challenging and fun.
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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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