The Tyranny of Dead Ideas


Do you ever wonder why we keep teaching and following certain things, never questioning them? This tyranny of dead ideas stifles innovation and holds us back in training and performance. It seems generation after generation fall prey to this and keep repeating the mistakes of the previous generation. Imitation is not innovation. We have to be willing to let go off of cherished beliefs that do not work and in many cases are counter productive. Here are a few dead ideas that I see day to day in my work:

  • Necessity of an aerobic base for anaerobic, start stop intermittent sprint and transition game sports
  • Icing a healthy limb after exercise
  • The traditional model of Periodization- volume to intensity, with a long period of general preparation to build a base
  • In the 400 meter relay the use of the down sweep pass
  • Using heart rate zones to dictate training intensity
  • Lactate as the cause for fatigue and soreness
  • Jogging to warm-up
  • Static stretching to warm-up
  • Training to failure

There are many more. I would love to hear from you on the dead ideas you encounter in your work.

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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