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.
In today’s world of high performance sport we have the
potential to bury ourselves in numbers. There is not much we can’t analyze, measure
or monitor. In many ways this is a
positive step forward and it some ways it can be negative. The key is
keeping the numbers in context. If you are letting the numbers dictate everything
you do and don’t do then it is time to reconsider. This is where I weigh in on
the human element in coaching. We coach people who do the sport not machines,
there is a huge about of individual variability to the same training and
competition stress not to mention the emotional and psychological factors that
weigh in. Talk to your athletes; closely observe their body language when they
come to training and during warm-up. Find out about the rest of their lives, remember
they are athletes only two to four hours a day the other hours of the day can
and do have more of an impact than the training – the twenty four hour athlete.
In short sharpen your observation and communication skills. It will add a dimension
to the numbers, sometimes it will validate the numbers and other times it will
dictate throwing out the numbers and following your coaching instincts. I
cannot help but think how we did it before we had the ability to gather the
numbers we have today. After all in high performance sport the only number that
counts at the end of the competition are those numbers on the scoreboard.