Key Performance Indicators


Key Performance Indicators are those essential factors that determine success in you sport. It goes beyond sport demands and drills deeper into the actual physical performance parameters that must be trained to insure success in the competitive arena. Of course you must start with a through analysis of sport demands and subsequent analysis of position or event demands. Then what? You need to turn that analysis into action, which is where the KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) come into play. For example if you look at speed demands that is one layer but you need to get deeper that that to get results. You need to look at the elements of speed that are crucial for success, define it and make it a KPI. I think of the KPI’s as a guide to help me determine why I am going to do what I do. From there the KPI”s help me to determine the training means- the what of training – the actual drills and exercises that comprise the program. From there I go to the training methods- the how the training methods are performed.

Spend some time working through the KPI’s for the sport you are working with, it will be a good guide to direct you training. Certainly in today’s high tech world we now have information and data at our fingertips that we never had before. To effectively use the data and turn it into action you need the KPI’s to provide context to the number and information.
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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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