Friday, October 5, 2007

Are You Ready To Play Football?

The best football players have great amounts of strength, speed, agility and quickness. Straight-ahead speed is not enough. This is the main reason that many world-class track athletes don't make a successful transition to the sport of football.

Playing speed in football is critical. Playing speed is a combination of the following: starting speed, acceleration speed, top-end speed, change-of-direction speed, stopping speed and closing speed. The football player must train for all of these types of speed. Quickness, which is reaction time without hesitation, facilitates great speed.

Some specific demands for being a successful football player on the field are: power (speed strength), starting ability, acceleration, stopping, cutting, stride rate, stride length, sprinting form and speed endurance. Now, get yourself ready to play football!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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1 comment:

  1. True that! When I used to play rugby I couldn't figure out why some guys always scored tries (like a touchdown). After leaving the sport I realized it was their ability to accelerate from a static position to full speed. Now I work on speed and footwork way more. Hills Sprints are great for this!

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