Fitness in football

As with most team sports, there are many components of fitness that are important for success. In football, aerobic fitness would be one of the most important attributes, closely followed by anaerobic fitness (running speed and repeat sprint ability) and agility.

On this article we will be discussing a few components that players of Usuthu go through or need to go through in order to be prepared for battle in the field. It may look as simple as just walking into the field and kick the ball around but it is not so.

Aerobic fitness is a very important component of fitness for football. Players need to be able to maintain a high intensity throughout the 90 minute game. See more of the components that are key to a player’s fitness:

Body Fat: Excess body fat would affect the football player’s ability to move freely around the field, and the extra weight will increase fatigue. So it is key that a player maintains a certain level of body fat which he will be comfortable in when performing inside the field.

Good hamstring flexibility is important for football players in the ball kicking skill. It takes a lot of energy to kick a ball and takes a lot of practice because a player must know how, where and when to execute a kick.

Strength and Power:
Strength (and power tests) should also be done to determine strength levels and to monitor strength changes in conjunction with training programs. Going to the gym one or twice in a week will make sure that a player builds enough strength to balance and tackle other players when it comes to the field. Defenders more especially are recommended to under-go strength and power training as well as all other players as a mandatory.

Speed: Maximum running speed and acceleration are very important in football. This will specifically be targeted at the wing players who must out-run defenders. Also strikers are part and parcel of those positions that require speed to perfect.
Agility: The ability to quickly change direction is important for football. All players must contain this component as it is essential.

Repeat Sprints: Soccer players are required to continually produce short bursts of high intensity work interspersed with lower intensity activity.

So all the above mentioned components are some as players are not restricted to only these but a lot more to be deemed fit to be a professional footballer. It may seem nice and relaxed to the eye of the fans to be a soccer player but the work that happens in the back ground is not for everyone to handle. So the next time you go to Mosese Mabhida to watch AmaZulu play, remember that those players have put a lot of work to make you happy as a fan.

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