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Identification and Justification of Components of Physical fitness for Rugby

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Identification and Justification of Components of Physical fitness In the sport of rugby union many components of physical fitness are required in order to perform at the highest level. In this document I will talk about what these components are and what they are so important. Cardiovascular Endurance Cardiovascular endurance is arguably the main component of fitness needed in the sport of rugby union. Cardiovascular endurance is basically another word for stamina, which means your body's endurance of strength and energy. Good cardiovascular endurance means that your heart is in good shape, which means that it can therefore more effectively supply your muscles with oxygen-rich blood. The better your heart is functioning the less quickly you'll find yourself in oxygen debt when in a rugby union game therefore meaning that you will be able to perform at the highest level for a longer period of time (i.e. it will delay the onset of fatigue). Good cardiovascular endurance is therefore very important to have in the sport of rugby union especially since most players will cover anywhere between 4000m and 6000m in one match so they will need it to keep going for the full 80-minute match. ...read more.

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The position I play (centre) needs speed or pace in abundance as my position provides one of the main attacking threats against the opposition. Speed or pace can be defined simply as the rate of movement and it is important in nearly every sport, either in moving around or in terms of moving part of the body with rugby union being no exception. Some examples are to get past and outpace your opponent when attacking, to keep up with your opponent when they are attacking and also just simply to keep up with the speed of play in a fast paced game. To test this the 30-metre sprint could be used. Reaction Time Reaction time can be defined simply as the time it takes for a person to respond to a stimuli. Reaction time is important in the sport of rugby union because it is needed to respond quickly in certain situations or tactical moves, for example if your team-mate or an opposition player switches a phase of play or adopts a specific tactical move on the attack your reaction must be quick ...read more.

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To test this the static balance test could be used. Flexibility Flexibility can be defined simply as the range of movement in a joint and good flexibility is useful in the game of rugby union to perform such skills as dodging tackles and dodging your opponents. To test this the sit and reach test could be used. Hand-eye Co-ordination Hand-eye coordination can be defined as the ability of the vision system to coordinate the information received through the eyes to control, guide, and direct a the hands in the accomplishment of a given task. This is needed in rugby for the effectiveness in simply throwing and catching the rugby ball. It is also needed in certain complex skills such as catching the high ball. To test this the ball juggle test could be used. Muscular Endurance Muscular endurance can be defined simply as the ability of the muscles to repeatedly exert themselves. This is important in the sport of rugby union to continually be able to tackle your opponents and continually perform to your potential whether in a scrum or in the overall match. To test this the sit-up test could be used. By Jonathan McCabe ...read more.

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