Little Bits and Pieces


It is a given you will do the big things, the speed development, the foundation strength work, the specific endurance and the technique work. Those are the things that take relative large blocks of time to do. But there is more. It is the little things, the remedial exercises, and the special individual modules that athletes need. You must address those. To accomplish this, think bite sized chunks. Construct modules that will accomplish what needs to be done in ten minutes. For example once in a pro soccer situation I designed a pre-warm-up of three exercises that the players had to day before they put their boots on. It was transparent injury protection because I knew that before they did formal warm-up they would be doing “stuff” with the ball, some of it pretty vigorous that exposed them to groin injuries. It took five to seven minutes, it was enforced and it worked, no groin injuries. I have found that are willing and coaches will approve of these small bouts of very specific work designed to address specific needs. Place them strategically to optimize their benefits. Think, a little bit more often, as opposed to big blocks of time that you will not get. To reinforce the point I have been making quite often lately, training is cumulative. It is surprising how quickly minutes turn into hours.
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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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