2011 GAIN Apprentorship June 17 – 22
Be a leader! Apply now and join a select group of professionals at the 2011 GAIN Apprentorship. Our goal is to define the field of Athletic Development by educating professionals in foundational principles and methodology as applied to coaching, physical education and rehabilitation. This program is not for the faint of heart or dilettantes, it is intense, intellectually challenging and demanding.
GAIN Apprentorship = Apprenticeship + Mentorship
We combine both into a blend of theory and practice in a five-day residential coaching school format. This is an opportunity to observe, question, and explore the application of the Gambetta Method - Systematic Sport Development Model of training, teaching and injury rehabilitation.
The coaching school represents just a beginning. To foster continued growth and interaction the graduates of the program can continue to participate via the secure web site, and continue to attend the GAIN coaching school for the duration of their careers if they so choose for no additional cost.
The 2011 school will be June 17 to June 22 at Rice University in Houston, Texas
The program is open to sport coaches, conditioning coaches, physical education teachers, athletic trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors and doctors. To apply go to www.gambetta.com and go to Apprentorship page to download the application form. Enrollment is limited. Tuition is $3,800 with a $250.00 non-refundable deposit required upon acceptance. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, and room. Please call 941-378-1778 or email mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the special scholastic rate or if you have any questions.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Amen, Brother Kelvin and Brother Brian. Thanks Jill for sending this to me.
Monday, October 18, 2010
The shoulder is not a smaller version of the hip. It has evolved to give us much more range of motion and requires coordination of the clavicle, scapula, thoracic spine and humerus. The shoulder is not designed to take the same pounding a hip can take. There is no bony socket to provide stability and it really isn't optimized for ballistic weight-bearing. Joint capsule, ligaments, tendons and muscular coordination provide the stability--not bone. So if you are going to bear bodyweight or greater loads in an open or closed-chain movement, you are going to want to use optimal mechanics to support the weight and give the shoulder the best platform possible. In training, you also want to develop balance of strength about the shoulder and reinforce scapulo-humeral rhythm during training with quality repetition and movement.
Chronic shoulder pain, rotator cuff tears, bicep tendinitis, labrum tears and multi-directional instability are not badges of honor for being an overhead athlete. Nor are they the price one pays for being active. They are the result of poor programming or training progression, doing too much too soon, not using good mechanics, or some combination thereof. Good training and proper progression promote good mechanics and build shoulder health, not chronic soreness. It takes time for the shoulder to adapt and build the capacity to tolerate greater volume and loads.
High volume of certain activities in the weight room can interfere with developing and maintaining shoulder mobility and mechanics. If you don't understand how your programming affects your athlete's shoulders, then you need to ask for help and get a clue. It is your obligation to know how what you do affects the short and long–term physical health of your athletes. And it is your obligation to inform them that more weight or more reps isn't necessarily better at any given point in time.
If your clients have to constantly see the massage therapist, PT or chiropractor for chronic shoulder problems, or they spend an inordinate amount of time with a foam roller / lacrosse ball attached to their arm pit or t-spine, that should be a red flag for you. Yes, injuries and accidents happen, but they should be extremely rare during training in the gym. Ultimately, the shoulder health of your clients depends on your ability to teach them proper mechanics and provide them with quality programming.
Monday, October 11, 2010
The video below has images from our visit, including the entire UW Band run on to the field and the 5th Quarter. If you squint and put it on 480p (yes, I know my 10 y.o. Sony needs to be replaced), you can see them high-stepping in place as the rest of the band runs on. The 5th Quarter is a long-standing tradition where the band comes back on the field and plays On Wisconsin,The Bud Song, Tequila, the UW Alma Mater and The Chicken Dance. It is pure fun for the band, students and fans alike.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
I first heard Jimmy Radcliffe speak at the 1999 NSCA Coaches College in Colorado Springs. He didn't just talk. The man jumped, hopped, bounded, skipped and ran with grace, precision and an explosiveness I had never seen. He spoke with wisdom and humility. At 5'6" and maybe a buck sixty, this guy was not what I imagined when I found out he was a Division I strength coach.
Since that time, I've had the opportunity to listen to and speak with Coach Radcliffe in depth at the 2009 and 2010 GAIN meetings. His background is in weightlifting and track & field. He is the consummate professional--the real deal when it comes to developing the complete athlete. No false bravado; no quick fixes. If you get the chance to hear him speak, jump, bound, skip and run to it.
Coach Radcliffe will be with me on the faculty at GAIN 2011. If you are interested in attending GAIN 2011, drop me a line.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Training is about building physical foundations in the context of fundamental movements. The movements begin with basic ground-based movements and then progress to more complex and sport-specific movements.
Physical foundations. What is that? Strength? Endurance? Work capacity? Mobility? Body awareness? It is all of these things, but in the context of movement skills. And this takes time. It begins with an evaluation of where the individual starts--posture, movement coordination, dynamic vs static abilities. It progresses with the individual. Some progress quickly. Others need time--more strength, more reps to master the movement, more time to adapt.
Training sessions apply constructive stress to the system. Over time, positive adaptations occur. More is not always better. High intensity is not always appropriate. Both are always tempting to do. You cannot groove skilled movement going balls to the wall, in a fatigued state. You go balls to the wall when you have mastered the movement. You progress when the body has earned the right and demonstrates the ability to tolerate the new stress.
For me, it isn't about beating people down. It is about building them from the ground up; one block at time, through deliberate practice and repetition. I help them earn the right to progress and teach them the patience to let the process work.