Hey, welcome to our sixth Meet the Expert blog.

In this blog, we interview expert coaches and athletes, delving into what makes them tick, what drives them to keep going, and what they believe to be the pitfalls and keys to success.

Let’s get to it!

Question 1: What is your name, age and where are you from?

Paolo Aiello, 41, from Pescara.

Question 2: What is your occupation? Is it what you are known for or completely separate? What jobs have you done in the past?

I am an Athletic Trainer, I currently work in a very prestigious Futsal club, at the top of the Italian national championship. In the past, I had the same profession but working for a soccer club.

Question 3: What is your primary area of expertise and why are you passionate about it?

I deal with performance for team athletes and I also have a lot of experience in recovering sports injuries. The passion arises as a result of my background as an athlete first and a scholar later.

Question 4: How did you get started doing what you do?

After graduating in physical education, I had the opportunity to work in one of the six most important youth football sectors in the 2000s, Perugia. I had the opportunity to get to know what would later become mine. The future president of the Futsal club Riccardo Gaucci, son of the great president Luciano Gaucci, owner of Perugia Calcio between the 90s and 2000s.

Question 5: What are your weaknesses? What hurdles did you face and how did you overcome these barriers?

The biggest obstacle for all professionals like me, who started almost 20 years ago, was the possibility of training, sharing, and updating, which is now within reach for everyone.

Question 6: What are your biggest strengths, both as a coach and an individual? What do you believe to be the primary reasons for your success? What do you consider to be your biggest success so far?

The ability to observe, knowledge is common sense in what I do. Simplicity is the most underestimated priority. Unfortunately, the greatest sporting success was the triple victory of the 2018 season with the Italian Cup, National Title, and Italian Super Cup.

Question 7: Where do you think a lot of people go wrong and what general pieces of advice would you give to those looking to excel in areas similar to yours?

The biggest mistake that can be made is to fill the void of experience with the superficiality of fleeting fashions. Everything has a defined path; it is not enough to have a degree or an important certification to consider yourself a professional.

Question 8: Are there any rules or quotes that you live by?

Observe, experiment, mistake, correct.

Question 9: What are your plans for the near future? What goals do you currently have?

To continue always to be hungry for success, stimulation, and the desire to always learn something new from the best.

Question 10: Where do you see yourself in 5 Years? What is your ultimate goal?

To be as happy as I am now.




This was a short edition to the MTE Blog, but I think a powerful one.

In my experience, some of the best strength and conditioning, and sports coaches often don’t say too much, they are direct and straight to the point – thanks Paolo, I love the mantra, “Observe, experiment, mistake, correct.”

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Coach Curtis

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