Game Changers


When I get back from Trinidad I am going to start work on a new book on game changers. What is a game changer? A game changer is a person, idea, method or event that changed or is changing the way we train and play sport. Here are a few that I have so far:

  • Nort Thornton- Swimming
  • Doc Counsilman- Swimming and training in general
  • Bob Hoffman- Strength Training
  • Bob Gajda- Functional Training
  • Lois Klatt- Functional Training and Evaluation
  • John Jesse- Strength Training and Injury Prevention & Evaluation
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation- Rehab and Training
  • Arthur Jones- Strength Training
  • Chuck Coker- Training Throwers and Strength Training
  • Bud Winter- Sprint Training
  • Circuit Training – R.E. Morgan & G.T. Anderson (1953 Univ of Leeds)

Just a start, I am looking forward to working on this. There are many people and ideas that are out there that deserve recognition for originating the ideas, methods and concepts we use today. Many game changers have passed away. I plan to interview as many of those still living as possible, possibly compiling an oral history. I welcome your ideas and input.

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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