why do we need speed in football
So letвs look at why speed training is probably the most vital fitness component of a footballer. В I admit that this article might be of less interest than others during the finals period, but you can use this information to gain an insight as to why some of the great players in the top four are so effective. What I will do is list the benefits of being fast, or having fast muscle qualities, and elaborate on what specific advantage that has to football skill performance. So starting with the obvious ones, a faster player will be:
Able to get to the ball quicker than their opponent (given the same starting point), which equals more possessions. Able to make more tackles. Able to create a greater gap between them and their opponent or run away from them, which enables more time to make the correct decision, under less pressure. Less pressure enables a greater effective disposal rate and more time to focus on the accuracy of the skills. Able to maintain the same speed as other players but with less energy due to it only being 80-90%% of their max speed compared to 100% of slower players. Able to run out the game longer (given the same speed as other players) or run faster for the same amount of time. Pretty basic stuff, I know, but now let me explain some other benefits of fast players you may have noticed. They kick long for their size. They kick straighter. Have overall more accurate skills than other players.
Some examples of these fast players are: Fevola, Judd, Ablett, Chapman, Cooney, the Davey brothers etc. They all have great speed and great skills to match. The reason for this all-round effectiveness is simply muscle co-ordination. What speed training does is streamline muscle co-ordination, which makes every move more efficient, faster, smoother, more accurate, and it uses less energy to execute. Now you might suggest it is genetics that gives the players their co-ordination and therefore higher performance and you would be partially correct. However sprint training at 100% is the only activity that can maximise these genetic gifts and, in time, take them to another level. I have invented a training method that can actually change these genetic qualities, but more on that another time. What would happen if Judd and Ablett were a step quicker? If Fevola was a metre faster over the first 20 metres? Imagine the space generated between opponents if they could achieve that? They would dominate even more than the already do. The focus of footballers these days should be maximum speed and speed endurance. The game is made up of repeated 100% efforts, not the constant slow running weвve seen in the past. The interchange bench has made the game faster so speed is by far the most important part of a teamsв mobility. And, hey, the spin-off of speed training is that it makes people kick farther, be more accurate and have more energy for the fourth quarter в Fonzie would only have one thing to say about thatв I invented a training method that enhances elite athlete coordination.
It took me 8 years but if youвre interested in learning more about why some athletes are better or you want to read a copy of my Innovation Patent, here is the linkв AU-A, B, C Patent Specifications Site. In my next article Iвll talk about sustained sub-maximal running, like 10 kilometres or so, and why itвs outdated in football today. cannonballspeedunit@hotmail. com Cardio respiratory endurance (CRE) is required to last the full 90 minutes of the game. During the game you will do a lot of work both on and off the ball. You will make repeated runs to support attacks, get into space to receive the ball, make runs with the ball, chase back to defend etc. The energy required to do this is supplied aerobically, which requires your heart, lungs and blood system to supply oxygen to the working muscles throughout the game. Therefore a high level of CRE delays the onset of fatigue. This means that your work rate stays high you can fulfil your role in the team and you will be able to maintain a high skill level (as fatigue can also affect your control, touch and concentration). Speed is required when trying to beat an opponent to a 50/50 ball, to lose defender, to get in to space, to support an attack, to dribble round an opponent or to chase back and close down an attack.
If you lack speed then you will be unable to maintain possession of the ball, win it back, or take on your opposite player effectively. This happens continually throughout the game as you repeatedly sprint over varied distances. Therefore speed endurance is more important because if it is poor you will be unable to maintain sprinting throughout the duration of the game. The energy required to do this is supplied anaerobically as the aerobic system is too slow to meet the energy demands. These results in lactic acid build up and it is this, which leads to muscle fatigue. Therefore with improved speed endurance (anaerobic endurance) the body can delay the production of lactic acid and tolerate higher concentrations of it thus delaying fatigue. Agility is required to enable players to quickly change direction, for example when making runs into the penalty box, turning to close down an attack, quickly adjusting to closely mark a player who is trying to lose you or adjusting their upper body to reach a corner kick and head the ball towards the goal. Attackers need to use agility to lose defenders and create space, leading to better scoring opportunities. In football dynamic balance is very important. Players need this because they are moving and adjusting body position constantly when looking for scoring opportunities in the penalty box or trying to mark an opponent closely.
Good balance will help players to keep their shots on target, and to reach and play difficult volley strikes with accuracy - it will also help to maintain possession when a defender tries to push you of the ball. It is important to be aggressive so that you don't back out of tackles, but it is important to control your emotions. You don't want to get too wound up, put in dangerous tackles, retaliate too strongly, or argue with the referee's decisions and get booked for dissent. It is also important to remain positive and not be too hard on yourself if you make a mistake, as this can get you down and lead to a drop in performance. It is important that you are motivated to do your best - if not you will lack the desire to try hard and will give up too easily when the going starts to get tough. This is important so that you remain focussed on your role and carry out your specific duties. For example you may have to man-mark a specific player but if you fail to stay focussed on this task they could get free from you and open up the defence leading to a shot or even a goal. It is also important to remember that there are a number of different playing positions in a football team and whilst they all require similar basic fitness requirements they are needed in different degrees. Now try a
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