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In sport, and in football in-particular, there are many key components of physical fitness that are required in order to succeed at any competitive level.

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Sean Halsey 12TST5 Page 1 08/05/2007 In sport, and in football in-particular, there are many key components of physical fitness that are required in order to succeed at any competitive level. To compete with your opponents you must have many key attributes in which you are equal with, or better than them at. The physical demands of playing football to a competitive level are massive in comparison to some less physical sports, such as tennis. To succeed in football general components of physical fitness are required, but to play at a high level you will also need many skill related components of physical fitness. The general components of physical fitness are cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, speed, strength and flexibility. Cardiovascular endurance is needed in most sports in order to be successful. In football, cardiovascular endurance is required so that you can play at a steady pace, for 90 minutes week in week out. An example of a player with good cardiovascular endurance would be Thierry Henry for Arsenal. This is because he plays the game at a very fast pace but usually lasts 90 minutes, and doesn't miss many games. ...read more.

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An example of a goalkeeper in football with good flexibility would be Liverpool's England international goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. This is because he has the ability to pull off saves where he needs to reach and parry the ball right out of the corner of the goal. Sean Halsey 12 TST5 Page 2 08/05/2007 The skill related components of physical fitness are agility, balance, co-ordination, speed of reaction and timing. Agility is needed in football mostly for goalkeepers, but also for players in attacking positions. Goalkeepers are often required to change the direction of their body in order to make a save. An example of a goalkeeper with good agility would be Leeds stopper Paul Robinson. Attackers are often required to change the direction of their body when trying to beat a defender. An example of an attacker with good agility would be Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole. His good agility helps him pull off tricks and pieces of skill that many defenders can't handle. Balance is required in football primarily for defenders but also for attackers so that they can stay on their feet when going forward. ...read more.

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This is to get the blood flowing round your body quicker and to stretch your muscles so that you don't get any injuries. For me personally, I like to use a lot of stretches and speed exercises in warm ups, because I tend to get strains very easily, so I like to know that my leg muscles are properly stretched before I start the match or training. I will usually start with a light jog, and then once I have finished I will stretch all my muscles. I start by rotating my ankles and then move on to calf stretches, quad stretches, hamstring stretches and groin stretches. I hold each stretch for at least 10 seconds before releasing. Then I like to do a bit more running, Sean Halsey 12TST5 Page 3 08/05/2007 something that involves a change of speed (like shuttles). Then I usually do a bit of ball work to get my touch right, either passing in pairs or dribbling round a circuit, followed by more stretches to finish off the warm up. Stretching your muscles improves the speed and force of your muscular contractions, so that you can perform actions during a game quicker and more efficiently. Running exercises do basically the same job as stretches, but are geared more specifically towards just running. ...read more.

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