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Preparation for Sport

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Preparation for Sport Task 1 The two contrasting sports performers I am going to coach are, James Tierney who plays cricket and myself who plays football. Task 2 First of all, for James who is a cricket player, I think the main fitness component he would need is speed. Speed is the ability of the body to move quickly, for example, when he is bowling he would need fast arm speed. The movements in speed could involve the whole body or just parts of the body. In this case it may seem like he would just need arm speed and only have to move one part of the body, but in fact he would have to move other parts of the body. For example, he would have to use his legs for a little run up to generate his speed and build up the power in his arm, which takes us to the next component he will need. When bowling in cricket, it is useless having a fast bowl if it is not followed through by power. Power is often referred to as fast strength. ...read more.


For example, if he needed some extra money and asked to work extra hours, this could put more pressure on him and cause him to have too much things to do. The extra work could even cause a little stress and cause him to become lazy and not exercise. Because he is a cricket player, he would have to be alert at all times, for example, when batting, the ball will coming towards him at great speed. If James had an important cricket match coming up but had been working too much before the match, this could affect him physically and mentally. It could affect him physically because he could be doing to much physical work than he could actually manage which could cause his muscles to ache and then possibly lead to injury which would mean he couldn't play. It could affect him mentally because when training or warming up to play a match he could have work on his mind throughout the day thinking about something he done wrong or forgot to do at work. This could affect his concentration on the pitch. ...read more.


However, as training intensity increases, the need for sleep will increase accordingly, for example, if I start training an hour extra everyday my body will need more time to recover from the exercise which means I will need a longer period of time to sleep. If sleep is not balanced with work or other demands, then the positive effects of training will not be seen. I play football at a competitive level four times a week, but my sleep patterns are not good so this has a bad effect on my sports performance. Sleep can affect me in sports because without the proper amount of sleep it can give me lack of endurance, you could play well at the start of the game but as you get towards the end you will become tired more easily and quickly and performance will drop because of me being tired. Even though I am training for football twice a week and keeping fit, if I am not getting the right amounts of sleep it will not benefit me. If I was getting below eight hours of sleep which is the minimum amount recommended for teenagers, my sports performance on the pitch will be poor because I will not be alert, I will have lack of concentration and I will be tired throughout the whole game. Malik Spencer ...read more.

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