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Art & Science of Functional Sports Conditioning

Athletic Development: The Art & Science of Functional Sports Conditioning
by Vern Gabetta

I had the opportunity to meet and speak with the author of this book, Vern Gambetta, while attending the National Strength and Conditioning Association's national convention this year. Let me tell you, this guy is a coach's friend, by that I mean he has written a book that could leave some conditioning coaches looking for jobs.

He is very approachable, and is a guy who cares a great deal about athletes and the people who work with them. His book is comprehensive, easy to read and follow, and if you know anything about the author you have learned to expect nothing less. Vern has been in the business for 40 years, and the people who read this book and work to implement the techniques are going to put their athletes in a really great position to compete.

Coach Gambetta is a wealth of knowledge and experience, he should be considered "a go to guy" when you are a coach who may be unsure as to what type of approach to take. After working with athletes and programs all over the world, having the chance to sit and talk with him was enlightening.

Athletic Development is a 14 chapter book that is a really good and quick read, he talks in terms that are very basic and easily understandable, his style is no nonsense and with time always being at a premium the "get in and get it done" approach I can assure will be appreciated by athletes and coaches alike.

With that being said, I still think the best approach to developing athletes is to have a conditioning coach on staff who can answer questions from athletes, coaches, and parents as they arise. But if you are running a program and have yet to identify a person who could excel in that role, then a publication like this would be a great foundation to build on. The book is published by the good people at Human Kinetics.