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Product Details

  • Series: Athletic Development The Art & Science of Functional Sports Conditioning
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (November 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736051007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736051002
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""What a thrill it is to gain easy access to Vern Gambetta's years of research, experience, and expertise! The detailed descriptions and photos in" Athletic Development "show exactly how to apply the conditioning drills and exercises to your own training program. Use this book to train your athletes to their maximum potential."" Anson DorranceWomen's Head Soccer Coach University of North Carolina18 National Championships ""Vern Gambetta's new book is his magnum opus of sport training. This book takes on the most difficult task of blending state-of-the-art science with practical application. The effort is both elegant and easily usable. This book will be a classic among top coaches."" William A. Sands, PhDHead - Sport Biomechanics and Engineering U.S. Olympic Committee, Sport Science ""Work capacity, strength, speed, agility, quickness, plyometrics, coordination, skill, and program design have never been presented in a more intelligent and useable manner. Vern Gambetta has written the blueprint to creating successful athletes."" Tim LangStrength & Conditioning CoachDePaul University """Athletic Development "is an excellent presentation of Vern Gambetta's time-tested methods. It will help coaches design sport-specific programs that get results. Apply the information in this book and watch your athletes succeed!"" Jose VazquezHead Strength CoachTexas Rangers

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"What a thrill it is to gain easy access to Vern Gambetta's years of research, experience, and expertise! The detailed descriptions and photos in Athletic Development show exactly how to apply the conditioning drills and exercises to your own training program. Use this book to train your athletes to their maximum potential."

Anson Dorrance
Women's Head Soccer Coach
University of North Carolina
18 National Championships

"Vern Gambetta's new book is his magnum opus of sport training. This book takes on the most difficult task of blending state-of-the-art science with practical application. The effort is both elegant and easily usable. This book will be a classic among top coaches."

William A. Sands, PhD
Head - Sport Biomechanics and Engineering
U.S. Olympic Committee, Sport Science

"Work capacity, strength, speed, agility, quickness, plyometrics, coordination, skill, and program design have never been presented in a more intelligent and useable manner. Vern Gambetta has written the blueprint to creating successful athletes."

Tim Lang
Strength & Conditioning Coach
DePaul University

"Athletic Development is an excellent presentation of Vern Gambetta's time-tested methods. It will help coaches design sport-specific programs that get results. Apply the information in this book and watch your athletes succeed!"

Jose Vazquez
Head Strength Coach
Texas Rangers


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It is an interesting read and I have benefited a lot from it.
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There is just enough theory and background to understand where the ideas come from, helping to put them into better context.
Todd I. Stark
This book is a must read for coaches or anyone seeking to develop the total athlete.
Coach C

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Todd I. Stark VINE VOICE on January 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
The thing that makes this book so very exceptional is its seamless combination of the author's significant personal coaching experience and the state of the art in exercise and sports science. There is just enough theory and background to understand where the ideas come from, helping to put them into better context.

Although there is no formula that works for creating a training program for every athlete, this book probably comes as close as you can get to that goal. It provides you with the basic principles you need for assessing what each athlete needs in order to achieve their potential and training them to attain it. The components of performance are clearly laid out, along with the methods for developing them and also the places where qualities depend critically on other qualities.

The author addresses all of the usual questions along the way with unique and practical answers that can be applied to any sport once you understand the needs of that sport. Get realistic, effective answers to your questions about sets, reps, periodizing, plyometrics, machines, bands, weights, strength vs. power, functional strength vs. absolute strength, flexibility vs. mobility and stability; all of the important questions that arise in the mind of any athlete or coach who takes the training process seriously.

No fads here, just good solid principles proven by experience and explained in terms of current theory. No matter how much you already know, you can't help learn something about training for human athletic performance if you read this book. If you are a trainer, this book may well become one of your most treasured resources, a place to go to help cut through the fluff and fashions of the industry when you have a real question.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Nichols on February 13, 2009
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This book has great insight in the formation and development of training regimens mostly for elite athletes. However it does glance by initial training steps for the novice. Not written for those without basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology. It should be an adjunct to other strength and conditioning books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Coach C on October 9, 2009
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This book is a must read for coaches or anyone seeking to develop the total athlete. Gambetta offers great insight into the science of functional training and lays it all out so clearly that even those who are just having their first taste of the physiology of exercise can understand. This book focuses mainly on the science of functional training methods but also details some great thoughts on coaching in general. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor Kwong on October 19, 2009
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Gambetta is a pioneer in the Athletic Development and in this book he showed us his creativity and the practical approach in coaching by assimilating the sciences into actual application. Many a time, coaches believe in the plain old-school methods while the sports scientists will tell them it's not scientific but here Gambetta will show how these two can "work together". Coaching is the art of applying the sciences into training and in this book you will find out how it is done. It is an interesting read and I have benefited a lot from it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eyob on June 26, 2013
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It is an incredible resource that makes readily available such fundamental concepts to success as work capacity, energy utilization, and the like. Program development is outlined with beautiful detail, and an undergurding as to why this concept, and many more, is always provided in detail. The father of functional sports conditioning offers the groundwork for every type of athlete, from distance runners to swimmers to football players and more. This is a text for success.
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Real insight, slightly older book but i think it has great thoughts! Vern is a pioneer, it's giving me a new insight in the anatomy ive learned in school and applying it
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Monica M. Mueller on February 12, 2007
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Anyone into the strength and conditioning of athletes will find this book very beneficial. The book contains various components of a program such as a balance progression, power endurance mini-programs, etc. I have gotten lots of use out of this book already due to all of the ideas in it. Great reference book for the CSCS's out there!
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Very good book for the rehab professional that treats athletes or for people that do strength and conditioning with athletes.
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