The Functional Path is a path that had been traveled many times before but had fallen out of use in favor of smoother paved roads that promised faster and easier results. Seeking to follow and better define the functional path is a continuing journey, fortunately it is a journey that many have traveled before. Functional Path training is getting back to the basics of movement. It is learning to tune into the body and it’s inherent wisdom to produce rhythmic flowing movement.
The mission of this program is to develop a cadre of experts to define the field of Athletic Development by educating professionals in foundational principles and methodology. Apprentorship = Apprenticeship + Mentorship, combines the features of both into a unique interactive blend of theory and practice in a five-day residential coaching school. This is an opportunity to observe, question, and explore the application of the Gambetta Method - Systematic Sport Development Model of training and injury rehabilitation.
There are no shortcuts, crash programs or quick fixes that
will get you there faster. You will always have to pay the piper whether it is
sooner or later. It is better to pay up front by being very thorough in the development
process with a balanced program that builds a solid foundation. All components
of fitness must be trained at all times of the training year and the career,
just the proportion and emphasis changes with advancing training age and
proficiency. At younger training ages, especially during periods of rapid
growth and development it is tempting to try to accelerate the process, because
they can but they will pay for it later on. My concern today is that young
athletes over compete and under prepare in terms of sound fundamental training.
They can continue to advance on talent and competitiveness and then the roof
caves in either with serous injuries, performance stagnation or performance decrement.
Pay the piper, take care of fundamentals heed the wisdom of the body and train appropriate
for the athlete’s level of development. Rome was not built in a day; training
accumulates day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month and year-to-year. Take
time and do it right.