18th September 2003                                                Ben Alston

PPP Physical Education


        Speed is: To put body parts in motion quickly, or the maximum rate that a person can move over a specific distance. Speed is essential in all aspects of the game because with out it you will find it difficult to keep up with the fast pace of the game. Speed has benefited vast amounts of players in their own individual games. Strikers are renowned for being fast sprinters as they need this ability to get past players. With so many young, quick strikers coming up through the ranks this is putting a whole new demand on defenders which is, they must be quick to keep. As a defender myself I can speak from experience and I feel because I have the ability of speed, I can perform better than other defenders as I can move around the pitch quicker and move into positions before them. This allows me to receive the ball and then we can start to move the ball up the pitch and create an opportunity to attack the opposing goal. For example if a centre back has the ball I can move quickly into space using my speed so I can receive the ball from him and then play it to another player. Examples of players who have this ability are Michael Owen, Thiery Henry, Rio Ferdinand and Roberto Carlos.  The main parts of the body used in creating immense amounts of speed is the legs, ‘fast twitch’ fibres allow the muscles in the legs to contract quickly to allow speed to be produced

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(The above diagrams show the muscles involved in producing speed.)

Foot and Eye Co-ordination

        Foot and Eye co-ordination is:  To use the eyes and hands together to accomplish a given task, such as kicking a football. Any football player must have foot and eye co-ordination otherwise they will not be able to kick the ball. This is because if the player can not kick the ball when he is looking at it and is stood still then he will not be to play in a full game, as he will not be able to pass ...

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