One Trick Pony


Are you preparing your athletes to be a one trick pony? What’s a one trick pony? A one trick pony is an athlete who is highly specialized in a narrow range of skill sets and conditioning. They are highly adapted to one way of doing things, very fixed in mindset and highly adapted. They are focused on what they cannot do. The alternative is a versatile athlete that is highly adaptable, has a range of physical abilities and capacities that are finely tuned to match up with the technical proficiencies required in their sport. They are focused on what they can do and optimize those abilities. The multifactor prepared athlete is “bullet proof” when it comes to injuries because they have embraced injury prevention as a transparent part of the training program. They thrive in the competitive arena because they are prepared for the game not for artificial performance factors developed in a sterile training environment. To me it seems like a no-brainer. Go for the versatility – embrace it and step up to the podium!

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.
Vern Gambetta


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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