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Health and fitness related components

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Health and fitness related components Fitness plays a small though significant part in the success of a cricketer. There are several components of fitness that are important for success for all players. To be a successful member for a team one needs to be healthy. A state of complete mental, physical and social well-being is considered as being healthy. Mental health can be observed as the ability to concentrate on a subject for a long period of time, control emotions and think logically through a problem. This could be achieved by regular meeting people that you take part in activities with. In a sports context this could be as a member of a club, gym or society. In cricket one should be mentally able to concentrate on the ball and be able to place in it in little gaps. As well a bowler should be able to concentrate on wickets balling straights and at different height and lengths puzzling the batsman. To achieve physical well-being, a performer would concentrate on five areas of health related exercise. The five healths related components of fitness are cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular strength and body composition which relates to all different sports. ...read more.

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The pull-up test measures arm strength. Weight lifting machines and lifting free weights help develop strengths. * Flexibility is movement at a joint to its fullest range. With regular practice the joints can get nearer to their maximum range of movement. Being flexible enables greater range of movement in the execution of strokes, and may reduce injury in the long term. For a fast bowler a full range of movement in arm muscles is required so does a batsman to play ball at different body positions. Fielder diving for a ball should be able to move the joints in legs in arms without hurting themselves. The sit and reach test is the most common test for flexibility. To achieve a high range in movement of muscles different activities are required, such as ....... * Body composition is how the body is made up in terms of bone, muscle and fat. The percentage o fat and muscle can be changed according to diet and exercise. Bone structure gives us our build. Excess body fat would affect the cricketer's ability to move freely around the field, and also increase fatigue during training and game play. ...read more.

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A bowler needs to apply a combination of strength and speed to ball at a high speed. * Reaction time is the time it takes to respond to a stimulus. A keeper is required to have a good reaction time in respond to catch a ball. A fielder needs a fast reaction time to react when a ball is hit, either catching, or running after get it and pass it back to the keeper. So should a batsman be able to respond to a fast bowler or a spinner. Spinners always tricks the batsman. * Agility is the ability to change direction quickly and still keep control of the whole body. Keepers needs to be able to jump right or left while still in position to catch the ball, or run out a player. So does a batsman needs the ability to change direction quickly while in position to slog a ball. Fielder running and picking or catching the ball at same time all needs agility. * Co-ordination is the ability to use two or more parts of the body at the same time. Fielder use their hand and legs at the same time while trying to catch a ball without looking at the flour or their and hand. Almost all player use different parts of the body at the same time. ...read more.

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