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Fitness Requirements needed for football.

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Introduction

Personal Details Name: Sian Radcliffe Age: 16 & 10 months Gender: Female Height: 5ft 3ins Weight: 55kg Health problems or injuries: None Activities undertaken: I attend football training twice a week, once for Coventry City Centre of Excellence & Coventry City Ladies, with a 90 minute match every Sunday. I am also a member of my local sports centre. Facilities available: The sports equipment & gym available at school where I can undergo my circuit training. My local sports centre & Bedworth Park for jogging. Below are my fitness test results, which I will use to help me assess my levels of fitness & what aspects of my fitness I wish to improve. Fitness tests Results Multi stage fitness test Level 10 shuttle 2 12 minute cooper run 1.45 miles 20 metre sprint 4.08 seconds Illinois agility run 17.01 seconds Sit & Reach test 15 centimetres 1 minute press up test 30 1 minute sit up test 30 Resting heart rate 68 Beats per minute Fitness Requirements needed for football. As a result of a successful P.E.P I hope to improve aspects of my fitness that originally were inadequate for the standard of football I wish to play at. It is no use designing a fitness programme for football and concentrating on areas that have no relevance to the sport. For both my clubs I play as right midfield or as a right full back so I am only going to concentrate on the aspects of fitness, which I need for my specific positions. To play the game of football you need to use a vast number of muscles which also include many from the upper body region but more importantly the lower body, especially the muscles in the legs. Football is a sport that requires high levels of physical fitness. It demands speed, agility, strength, power and endurance. The components of fitness I wish to improve are my cardio-vascular and muscular endurance. ...read more.

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I also felt a bit fatigued the day after; I think this was due to an insufficient cool down, so in my next circuit I will increase my cool down time. Considerations for next session: I am going to increase the amount of time spent at each station from 30 seconds to 35 seconds, thus pushing my body slightly harder than last time. At present I am going to continue with just two sets of the circuit, but when I feel them becoming too easy I will increase the frequency to three. Session 2. Date: 13/03/02 1 circuit (Plyometric). 10 reps at each circuit station 1-minute rest after each separate circuit. This circuit will help to develop muscular endurance, I will aim to do this circuit no more than once a week, and certainly not on days before a match, as this type of circuit takes time to recover from. Distance Speed Drill/Notes 2 x laps Light run pace Warm up and stretch 2 x laps Jog/Run Pace yourself 1 x lap Run pace High knee running/Side stepping/ Heel to bum 2 x 1/2 lap Fast run Leg circuit after each 1/2 lap 2 x 1/2 lap Fast run Upper body circuit after each 1/2 lap 2 x 1/2 lap Fast run Abdominal circuit after each 1/2 lap 2 x laps Sprint/Jog Sprint the width and jog the length of the pitch 2 x laps Light run pace Cool down and stretch Lower body circuit: Tuck jumps, Upper body circuit: Press-ups. Stride jumps, Jumping squat. Abdominal circuit: Normal sit up, Reverse curls, 1 leg v-sit. Evaluation: I feel this circuit was good and beneficial. It was more beneficial to my cardio-vascular endurance than session 1 because it contained more running, sprinting and plyometric work. This circuit worked my body to the limit, I felt as though I really pushed myself so I don't need to increase the intensity or frequency at present. ...read more.

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By having an increased number of mitochondria because of my training, my muscles will be able to generate energy more efficiently. My third criteria was that of cardio-vascular endurance, I have increased my score of the multi stage fitness test from level 10.2 to level 10.5. This will help my performance in my matches because now I will have the endurance to allow me to make forward runs towards the end of my matches, thus maybe creating a goal scoring opportunity. My all round game will improve because I will not get fatigued as easily and will be able to contribute more to game situations. My fourth criteria was agility; I have improved my time at the Illinois agility run from 17.01 seconds to16.06 seconds. This will improve my performance because football is multi-directional and by improving my ability to turn at speed I will be unpredictable to my opponents and harder to defend against. I still hope to further develop my training programme by continuing with my circuits. I would try to vary them so that I do not get bored and lose motivation. Also if I vary the stations I will achieve a more all round body muscle development, thus continuing to improve my performance. I am going to try and achieve a higher cardio-vascular endurance, because even though I improved my score on the multi stage fitness test I did not reach my target of level 11. Therefore I am going to develop my training programme to incorporate more cardio-vascular stations. I will continue with my circuits right up to the beginning of preseason training, as this will give me a good level of fitness to start on. I will concentrate on my all round fitness throughout the preseason phase, which means that by the beginning of next season I will be able to concentrate more on skill development. I am also planning to incorporate a change in diet into my training programme, thus giving me more carbohydrates and a lower fat intake to help me produce more energy for my sessions. ...read more.

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