Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Symposium Panel

Vern Gambetta
Considered the Founding Father of Functional Sports Training

Vern Gambetta 

International Exposure:
Lectured and consulted internationally in Australia, Europe, England, Japan and Canada.

Product Development:
Involved in biomechanical analysis and product development with Nike in 1978 – 82. Product development and testing with Converse in 1982 – 83. Product development of Lycra power garment with Dupont.

Track & Field:
Specializes in Coaching Multi-Events, Decathlon and Heptathlon. Consultant coach for Nike Oregon Project. Edited Track Technique, the technical journal of USA Track & Field. Associate editor of the IAAF technical journal, New Studies in Athletic. Co-founder of USA Track & Field coaching education program.

Director of Athletic Development, New York Mets 2004 -5. As Director of Conditioning pioneered conditioning for baseball with model program for Chicago White Sox 1987 – 96. Consultant to Cincinnati Reds 1996-97. University of Texas 2005.

Assistant conditioning coach for Chicago Bulls 1985 – 87. Conditioning coach for Canadian National men’s team 1989 – 94 and the Canadian women’s team from 1992 –94.

Conditioning coach for Tampa Bay Mutiny 1996, 97, 99. Conditioning Coach for 1998 US Men’s World Cup team.Conditioning coach for New England Revolution 1998. Consultant to Chicago Fire 2000. Consultant, University of Virginia Women’s Soccer. Consultant, University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer.

Consulted with San Jose Sharks 1994.

Conditioning coach for Monica Seles 1998 - 99. Consultant Billy Stearns Tennis Academy, Sarasota, FL.

Consultant to Australian women’s softball, bronze medalists 2000 Olympics.

Consultant to University of Michigan women’s swimming 2003-- , Consultant, Kenyon College Swimming 2005. Consultant to Mission Viejo Natadores 1991.

Consultant to San Francisco Forty Niners 1979 – 82. Kansas City Chiefs 1990.

First Director of USA Track & Field coaching education program. Developed successful seminar series “Building and Rebuilding the Athlete” which is directed to physical therapists, athletic trainers, conditioning coaches, personal trainers and sport coaches. Served on Faculty of the National Coaching Institute in Canada.

Editor TAC Coaching Manual Authored of seven books "Hurdling and Steeplechasing", "How Women Runners Train", "The Complete Guide to Medicine Ball Training", "The Gambetta Method", "The 3S System – Soccer Speed", "Sport Specific Speed - The 3S System", and "Athletic Development".

Education & Certification:
Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education, Stanford University, 1974 Calif. Standard Secondary Teaching Credential, History and Physical Education, UC Santa Barbara, 1969. Coaching Minor, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1969 Bachelor of Arts, Fresno State University, Social Science major, Physical Education minor, 1968 USAT&F Level II Sprint & Hurdle Coach and Jumps Coach USA Weightlifting Club Coach.



Peter Weyand, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Applied Physiology and Biomechanics


Dr. Weyand is a physiologist and biomechanist who joined SMU’s Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness in the Fall of 2008.  Dr. Weyand earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Georgia in 1992.  He subsequently directed research efforts at Harvard University’s Concord Field Station, a large animal facility specializing in terrestrial locomotion and later the Locomotion Laboratory of Rice University.  

Dr. Weyand has also served as a Senior Research Fellow at the US Army's Research Institute for Environmental Medicine and as a television science analyst for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Media Group. Dr. Weyand is an expert in the locomotion of humans and other terrestrial animals with broad research interests that focus on the relationships between muscle function, metabolic energy expenditure, whole body mechanics and performance. An expert in the scientific basis of gait and movement, his global interests in muscles and movement have made energy and performance central themes throughout his research career.  

Dr. Weyand’s research and expertise on the limits of human and animal performance have led to featured appearances on CNN, NHK Television in Japan, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the History Channel, City TV of Toronto, CBS Boston and others. His specific expertise on the mechanical basis of sprint running performance led to his involvement in the “Michael Johnson, Wired Athlete” project undertaken in conjunction with FitSense Inc. and NBC prior to the Sydney Olympics in 2000.  In the Spring of 2008, Dr. Weyand served as a lead investigator and the host of the scientific team who performed the experimental work to appeal the Olympic/IAAF ban of double amputee, South African sprinter, Oscar Pistorius, aka the “blade runner” to the International court of Sport Arbitration in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mike Young, Ph.D.

Director of Sport Performance: Human Performance Consulting; USA Track and Field Level 1, 2, 3 Instructor

In his role as the Director of Sports Performance, Mike serves as the primary biomechanist, strength and speed consultant, and coach of the HPC Elite Track Team.  mike young Mike has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration and a PhD in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics. He has studied extensively in anatomy, physiology, sport psychology, motor learning, training theory and biomechanics. Mike has served as a jumps and multi-events coach at Ohio University where his athletes set 2 school records. Following OU, Mike moved to Baton Rouge where he did his doctoral studies and mentored under legendary track and field coach, "Boo" Schexnayder for 4 years. While at LSU, Mike was on the staff of 6 National Championship teams. Following his time at LSU, Mike became the sprints and multi-events coach for Army Track and Field. In his short 3 years at Army, Mike's athletes rewrote the record books with 9 school records, 54 All-Time Top Ten performances, 24 Conference Championships, and achieved the three highest point totals ever recorded in a single event at the conference championship (highlighted by a pole vault, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th at 2006 indoor meet).


Mike has been a guest at all three U.S. Olympic Training Centers as an athlete (Lake Placid), sport scientist (Colorado Springs and Chula Vista), and coach (Colorado Springs). Mike has worked with several Olympians, National Champions, and Collegiate National Champions in the sport of Track and Field. In addition to working with track athletes, Mike has also trained athletes from a variety of other sports. Mike has helped prepare numerous players for the NFL combine, most notably Bradie James (Dallas Cowboys) and Super Bowl Champion Marquise Hill (New England Patriots).

He has served as an instructor or adjunct professor at Ohio University, LSU, and the University of North Carolina and has lectured for the Chinese Track and Field Association, USA Speed Skating, and has developed strength and conditioning programs for collegiate sports ranging from basketball to swimming. A Level 1, 2, and 3 Instructor for USATF, he also serves as the Director of Technology, Biomechanics Chairperson, and Vertical Jumps Chairperson for USA Track and Field's Coaches’ Education division. Mike is certified as a USA Track and Field Level 1, 2, and 3 coach and is only one of two people to be a Level 3 instructor in three different event disciplines (sprints, throws, and jumps). In his role as a USATF Coaches Education instructor, Mike became the youngest Level 2 (at the age of 26) and Level 3 (at 28) instructor ever in the 25 year history of the program. On top of these duties, Mike is also the biomechanist for the United State's men and women shot putters who are consistently ranked among the very best in the world.

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