Lessons from 2012 – Part One


Being ready to deliver on the day– The ability to have your athletes ready to perform at their best at the required time is most important. That can be the final of the Olympic games or a high school state championship. Everything is directed to this goal.

Coaching is a careful blend of art and science– No more explanation is necessary

Emotional intelligence is the key to effective coaching– It is all about people and how we as coaches grow and develop ourselves and the people we work with.

An overemphasis on injury prevention will lead to injuries– Good injury prevention is a transparent part of a sound training program. What is happening today is an emphasis on so-called corrective exercise and special injury prevention exercises that normal training is being ignored. When training is ignored then the athlete is predisposed to injury because they are not ready to perform.

The ability to race is different than the ability to be paced to a fast time– Anyone with ability can hang on and be pulled to fast time the medals are won by those who can race. Those who are race hardened, who understand tactics and are fully adaptable to variety of race situations.

It is imperative to develop and refine physical literacy in parallel with skill development– Physical literacy slightly leads skill and technical development; it is impossible to have one without the other.

We must take a giant step back and look at what we are doing with recovery– I think we need to learn to use recovery methods more judiciously. Not necessary to ice bath after every workout. We need to understand that the inflammatory cascade is part of the adaptation process. Must educate the body to take advantage of this not interfere with this all the time.

Little things count– Big things are a given, they are hard to overlook but it is the little things that quickly add up.

Coaching men and women is different. “Men battle to bond. Women bond to battle.” Nigel Redman– I think this is pretty self-explanatory.

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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