Training expert Vern Gambetta spoke about long term athlete development.


Change the focus from injury prediction to injury prevention. Make injury prevention a transparent part of a comprehensive training program that addresses sport demands & individual athlete needs on a session-by-session basis. Start simple with a multi-stage warm-up that prepares the athlete for the demands of the session – warm-up to train or play don’t play to warm-up. Read more

Training expert Vern Gambetta spoke about long term athlete development.

Can Do

Instead of looking at ways to predict injury and search for hidden dysfunctions I prefer to spend the time looking at possibilities to determine their level of trainability. I focus on what the athlete can do and use that as a starting point. Read more

Me in 2008 at 300 pounds.

Throwing and Health Part II: Internal Health

In Throwing and Health Part 1: Joint Injuries, I examined the influence of training as a thrower and some of the implications that would have on joint health. Today I want to talk a little more about health from the internal perspective

On my first day of college I weighed in at 228 pounds (103kg), after the first year I had increased my strength and weight to a great degree. At the end of my freshman year, I weighed in at near 256 pounds (116kg). My diet was simple, better known as the “seafood diet” by those of us on the team . . . “YOU SEE FOOD, YOU EAT IT” was the methodology! Along with all of the food, I consumed extra protein, carbohydrates, creatine monohydrate and glutamine daily. I was on a very similar plan nutritionally as most of the football players at our university. Bigger-Faster-Stronger was also a known motto for what we wanted from training. The late Stefan Fernholm was a legend in throwing and specifically for his speed-power training feats at such a large body weight.
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The high degree of horsepower and torque in throwing can lead to overuse injuries in some athletes.

Throwing and Health Part I: Joint Injuries

Jason Young is an Olympic discus thrower. Be sure to visit the Discus Dynamics website for more information about his eBook.

Throwers are unique athletes and sometimes not given the credit which is deserved for how hard they train and their feats of athleticism. When working with clients in the fitness industry, they are often surprised by my level of mobility and speed. In their eyes I look like a really big dude that likely has lifted weights too much. Then I demonstrate an exercise and they are awakened at my ability to do basic gymnastics, jumping, balance, and coordination at a body weight of 280 pounds. Just as it is hard to see from first glance how dynamic a person is, it is also very difficult to evaluate injury potential and underlying problems. This series is just a taste of what I would like to expand on in the future for the bettering of health in our sport.
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Sweet Number Six

Yesterday the Swiss Championships took place in Frauenfeld and I captured my sixth straight title. And while I again had little competition, this victory felt a extra special. The crowd was small, but with my parents arriving the day before the meet I knew I had fans. The European championships organizers also used the meet to fine tune their preparations, including live coverage and interviews from Schelbi in the infield, a live stream, and the official European Championships hammer retrieval car. My top athlete also made the women’s podium for the first time.
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Training expert Vern Gambetta spoke about long term athlete development.

Hamstring Injuries – A problem with a clear solution

I am not trying to jump on the bandwagon here; this is something I have been writing about and commenting on for years. Hamstring injuries have become a huge problem in sport. Just to be clear even though the Josey Altidore hamstring pull prompted this post I have no know knowledge of what the US Men’s National team does or does not do in terms of conditioning. I have had no contact with the US Men’s National Soccer team since I worked with the 1998 World Cup team. I do closely follow the tends the trends in training, injury prevention and rehab and the trends in regard to the hamstring have been quite alarming to me over the past ten years. I will state my premise up front: The more you train the hamstring to prevent hamstring injuries, the more hamstring injuries you will have. Introduction of the term “posterior chain” is part of the problem. It has caused us to focus more on one part of the body instead of thinking of the linkage, connection and coordination of the whole kinetic chain. Two years ago I visited a prominent DI football school. The Head Football S&C proudly told me about the extensive posterior chain work they were doing – last year they had eight hamstring pulls out of their 22 starters! Do you think there is any connection? I do! Read more