Kebba Tolbert is in his tenth season as the women’s sprints/hurdles and horizontal jumps coach for Harvard University and ninth as associate head coach of the squad. He has coached multiple All-Americans and National Champions, including Gabby Thomas, who became the first Ivy League women’s sprinter to win an indoor national championship in the 200m, setting a new collegiate record with her 22.38 mark. Tolbert has won the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year multiple times. A graduate of Colby College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Tolbert earned his Master of Arts degree in exercise science in 1996 from Smith.
The thin line between high level performance and health
Differentiating discomfort from injury. The continuum between rehab and training.
Kebba’s Plan A or training template during ideal circumstances
Fine tuning a training plan and constructive self-reflection without panicking and overhauling everything when an athlete is injured
Plan B and C options for acceleration, speed, and special endurance
There are too many abstract discussions in the performance space these days about how to train and rehabilitate athletes. These circular arguments usually yield nothing substantive or actionable because providers spend too much time defending their ideology and trying to articulate why they are in the right instead of just being transparent and “showing their portfolio”. As an example, investors should demand that financial advisers share their own portfolios instead of pontificating about macroeconomic theory. Words matter but what people do when they have skin in the game reveals more about them than their explanatory justifications for said actions.