The Box


There is no more confining place to be that the box. Don’t think outside the box, yes you heard me correctly, don’t think outside the box, get out of the box altogether. Throw away the box. I am not sure why we ever get in the box in the first place. To just think outside the box does not get you outside the box. It is too easy to go back to the warm fuzzy comfort zone of the box. Get outside the box and never go back in there. Innovate, think, and challenge yourself and those you work with to make constant prototyping the way you coach and teach. Focus on the process with a strong bias toward action. Use conventional wisdom and so-called best practice as a launching pad to move into unexplored territory in human performance. Use quantum thinking; get away from Newtonian reductionist, linear, cause and effect thinking. Think of linkages; use a nonlinear approach to make connections. The body is a self-organizing living organism not a machine with interchangeable parts. To grow the athlete to their fullest potential you the coach must grow. Challenge yourself to get better so that your athlete’s can get better. Look at familiar movements with different eyes. If you watch the NCAA Basketball final four, challenge yourself to look at the game differently. Look at the game as soccer with the hands. Conversely if you watch the EPL Football game of the week see if you can see it as basketball with the feet. See the world with different eyes, you will be surprised what you see, a whole new vista will open up. Throw away the box there is a whole new world out there waiting to be explored and discovered, a new frontier.
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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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