Entries by Vern Gambetta

Where are you looking?

A drunken man was intently searching the ground near a lamp post. My friend asked him what he was looking for. The drunk replied that he was looking for his car keys, so my friend helped him look without success. Then he asked whether the man was certain that he dropped the keys near the lamppost. “No,” replied, “I lost the keys somewhere across the street.” My friend asked him “So why are you looking here?” The drunk quickly answered, “The light is much better here.”

What is sports science?

What I see today with the use of this generic term “sports science” being thrown around alarms me. I see so called “sports scientists” directing programs, making crucial decisions on athlete’s trainability based on algorithm derived numbers telling coaches that athletes cannot practice because they are too tired or too sore. Many so-called sports scientists have little or no practical experience outside of academia or some sterile training center environment where they have no real athletes to work so they can sit around theorize all day.

GAIN 2022 announcement

GAIN 2022 will be held June 14 to 18 at Rice University in Houston Texas. This is the fifteenth year of GAIN; it started 2007 with twelve attendees and four instructors and has grown to ninety attendees from all over the world and eighteen faculty. GAIN is a community of professional’s eager to learn and willing to share ideas and information.