More or less?

More or less? Does it have to be a binary choice?

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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.

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Step by step

Adaptation to various training stimuli takes time.

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The posterior chain?

What is the posterior chain? Is it a meaningful term or a term of convenience without real meaning?

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Some thoughts to start the new year

Here are some thoughts on my mind to start the new year:

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Connections

Optimizing human movement is about enhancing connections. Connections within the body, connections to the environment and to the sport. It is mentally convenient to isolate out parts of the body or positions in movement. But looking at segments and parts does not optimize performance; it has the opposite effect.

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Vern Gambetta’s 2021 reading recommendations

In 2021 I have read 151 books. I never set out to read a certain number, rather I just enjoy reading. I total the number at the ned of the year out of curiosity. I read for professional development, intellectual growth and pleasure. Holding a real book and turning the pages is a great felling.

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Coaching significance vs. statistical significance

There’s always a gap between theory in practice. This is especially true when it comes to sports science research. Ask a scientist about good research it comes down to statistical significance. But for coaches what matters is coaching significance.

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Structure without structure

Everything done in preparing the athlete should be driven by the demands of competition. So, ask yourself the question: Is what you are doing in physical preparation, technical and tactical training preparing your athletes for the chaos & unpredictability of competition? This demands structure without structure.

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Coach & teach the way you would want to be coached & taught

One of my biggest motivations in coaching is to NOT coach the way I was coached when I played football in college. It was characterized by physical and mental abuse with motivation (If you want to call it that) by manipulation, domination and control. It does not work.

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