Entries by Vern Gambetta

Announcement about GAIN 2020 conference

The highlight of my year is connecting with the athletic development community at the annual GAIN Conference. In light of our current public health situation, we have decided to reformat GAIN 2020. We are planning to transform this year’s gathering into a digital format to be presented in July.

Two books and a movie

Physical Intelligence: The Science of How the Body and the Mind Guide Each Other Though Life by Scott Grafton is one of the best books I have read in quite some time. Very well written in a style that makes a complex subject very understandable without dumbing it down. If you are coach, teacher or therapist this is a must read. I wish I would have had this book years ago, just clarifies mind-body relationships and the things we do every day in coaching to improve athletes’ movements.

GAIN 2020 status

It has been an extremely stressful time as we watch COVID-19 continue to spread and impact more and more people globally. As an international community, I’ve spoken with GAIN members around the world and heard the many different ways their lives have been affected. Naturally, we are also assessing how to proceed with GAIN 2020.

Greater than sport

We are obviously in a time of worldwide crisis. As coaches and citizens of the world we need to recognize that this transcends sport. Lives are at stake, the fact that sporting events are being cancelled seems trivial. Certainly, I feel for the athletes who have sacrificed so much and had their competitive opportunities taken away, but we must think about the big picture.

It’s all in the legs

No matter the sport or the movement, it’s all in the legs. And how you get results is all in how you train the legs. A lot of people understand the importance of legs, but not everyone understands how to optimally train them.

MLS – 25 Years On

On March 1, 1996 I started as conditioning coach for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of the Major League Soccer. It was an exciting opportunity and challenge. I had just resigned my position as Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox in Major League baseball. I had that position for nine years, during that time we had implemented an innovative program that teams are still trying to copy today. Soccer was a new challenge, a new team in a new league.

Champion’s choice: resilience

Resilience is the quality both physical and psychological that enables you to bounce back from adversity or setbacks. Some people equate resilience with mental toughness, personally I reject the whole concept of mental toughness. Resilience is so much more. It is nerves of steel, not letting setbacks get in the way of progress. The resilient athlete looks at adversity as opportunity. A chance to test themselves in a new way, to strengthen their resolve in pursuit of their goals.