Factors to Consider when Developing a Plan


Here are some factors to consider when developing a comprehensive training plan. This is not rocket science, but each factor must be carefully considered and factored into the plan.

Demands of the sport and the position or event

The qualities of the individual athlete

Pattern of Injuries relative to the event

“24 Hour Athlete” Concept – What are they doing when they are not training?

Gender – Female athletes must have different training programs

The time frame available to execute the plan

Specific goals of the training program

Developmental Level





Current state of fitness

Current level of technical development

Competitive Schedule

Qualifying Format

Championship Format



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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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