Step Back

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Sometimes it is important to step back from what you are coaching, reassess and look at the bigger picture. It is so easy to get caught in a rut, a comfort zone so to speak, that you begin to run on autopilot. It is easy and convenient to look at the parts and zero in on pieces of the training puzzle and lose sight of the end objective. Instead step back and focus on the connections that occur in movement, look carefully at what is connecting the parts. It is the parts that break down, but to focus on the parts will not fix the problem. What is happening at the parts is the symptom, not the cause of movement error or injury. Find the causes of movement errors, do not focus on the symptoms. Step back and look at how the parts interact, and then do everything you can to enhance that interaction. Smooth efficient movement is flowing, rhythmic and synchronous. Our goal in training is to enhance that flow, rhythm, timing and coordination.

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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