GAIN 2017 – Apply Now

is a community of professionals eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information. GAIN is not about more exercises, sets, reps and training methods it is about passionate people who pursue excellence with honesty, integrity and respect to make a difference in the lives of the people we coach and teach. This is the tenth year of GAIN; it started 2007 with twelve attendees and four instructors and has grown to sixty attendees from all over the world and fifteen faculty.

Who attends?

gain_squareGAIN is open to Strength & Conditioning/Athletic Development coaches, Sport Coaches, Physical Therapists, ATC’s, Chiropractors, Doctors and Physical Education teachers. Those who attend are professionals seeking career advancement & renewal through a networking experience and who are interested in getting out of their comfort zone.

When is GAIN?

June 13 to June 17, 2017

Where is GAIN?

It is held on the campus of Rice University in Houston Texas.

How much does GAIN cost?

Tuition is $1875. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, and lodging at Rice University.

Where can I learn more about GAIN?

Go to or call 941-378-1778. You can also email Vern Gambetta at

How do I apply?

Apply online. Submit your application now, enrollment is limited. We will let you know within ten days if you are accepted.

Why do I have to apply? Can’t I just sign up?

Having people apply is part of what makes GAIN special. It would be easier to make it open for anyone to enroll, but that is not what GAIN is about. We are looking for people who are wiling to share and challenge themselves and others to grow professionally. The people in the network with you are as important (maybe even more important) than the faculty experts. The connections and inspiration you get from those around you have a significant impact on the experience.

Who are the faculty?

We have a faculty with a tremendous breadth of experiences and a track record of excellence in their chosen fields. They know how a performance team works, how all aspects of athletic development complement each other and most importantly they understand the process of developing athletes.


  • Wade Gilbert, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Gilbert’s areas of expertise include coaching effectiveness, talent development, and sport psychology. Editor – International Sport Coaching Journal | Consultant – USOC Coaching Education.
  • Vern Gambetta, Founder of GAIN Network, Currently Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems

Sport Science

  • Michael Joyner MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has done extensive work in Physiology of Elite Athletes. Elite athletic performances are experiments in nature on the limits of human physiology. Dr. Joyner uses data from real-world competitions to understand the limits of human physiology.

Athletic Development

  • John Pryor, Former conditioning coach Japan Rugby, now the conditioning coach for Suntory Rugby and Brumbies in Super Rugby
  • Jim Radcliffe, Head S&C Coach University of Oregon, a pioneer and a true master of the profession.
  • Martin Bingisser, HMMR Media, Swiss National Hammer Throw Coach
  • Nick Garcia, Athletic Development Coach & Assistant Track Coach, Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California
  • Steve Magness, Head Cross Country and Assistant Track Coach University of Houston

Sports Medicine/Rehab

  • Bill Knowles, ATC Philadelphia Union Academy and HP Sports
  • Ed Ryan, ATC Head Trainer US Women’s Olympic Basketball Team, Formerly Head of Sports Medicine at USOC
  • Randy Ballard, ATC Assistant Trainer, University of Illinois Working With Track & Field and Volleyball
  • Joe Przytula, ATC Supervisor of Physical Education and Health, and athletic trainer with Elizabeth Public Schools, Elizabeth New Jersey USA.

Physical Education

  • Greg Thompson, Elementary Physical Education Teacher Farmington Michigan, Currently Athletic Development and Age Group Head Coach, Livonia City Soccer Club
  • Steve Myrland, District Performance Coach for Athletics, District Wellness Director Middleton Wisconsin School District

How does the network work?

The GAIN annual meeting is the beginning. Participants have access to a secure website that offers access to an online forum and library including video of past GAIN Annual Meetings. In addition GAIN members are eligible to come back each year at a reduced rate.

GAIN 2017 Theme

Making connections to foster meaningful change and innovation.

GAIN Mission

To focus on the possibilities for enhancing human movement with no limits or limitations and emphasize connections and links between all disciplines in the same manner we emphasize connections and linkages in the body.

GAIN Goals

  • Provide a career defining educational experience for all involved
  • Define the field of Athletic Development
  • Reinforce the concepts that:
  • Training = Testing and Testing = Training
  • Training = Rehab and Rehab = Training
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