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Do you need strength to play Football?

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2008-11-06 15:38:44

To Play Football the #1 physical attribute you need is endurance

as its 90 minutes flat out running, 2 x 45 minute halfs. Look at a

cyclist...or other sports with endurance, their body fits the

requirements of the sport. Football players are extremely fit,

conditioned to run up to 14k per game...any excess fat you will

simply blow out and wont last beyond 10 minutes at a highly

competitive game. Ronaldo of Brazil put on weight, now hes

completely out of shape and cannot play football, whereas in nfl

Gridiron for example a 2005 report found 56% were clinically obese.

Football is largely based on skill...anyone can go into a gym and

pile on muscle, take supplements...thats for the common man.

Football is 80% skill with ball control...hence very few have the

talent to make it. Strength is an asset in any competitive sport,

or, more properly, a bit of extra strength. You already haves some,

don't you? But you're considering adding more. Indeed, strength

training is incorporated into the physical regimen of many athletic

programs. But there is a trade off. That's the catch. (There's

always a catch, isn't there?) Consider why a player might want more

strength. What is that person gonna do with it? In football, it

would be nice to be able to get a bit more distance on a throw in.

Upper body strength would make that happen. After all, the throw in

is all about some technique and a lot of upper body strength. It

was pointed out that playing football well requires endurance.

Don't know about you, but I don't wanna trade any endurance for

strength. You will still have to do all your endurance training.

You wanna trade skills training for strength training? I sure

wouldn't. Football has a premium on several things, and skill is

much higher on the list than strength. Oh, and it is critical to

stay well stretched out, because strength training erodes our

flexibility. I recall seeing an NFL Gridiron team being assessed,

and a distressingly large percentage of the players weren't

flexible enough for strength training and were put through

stretching while the flexible players lifted weights. Stunning!

These guys could rip your arm off and they're doing stretching

exercises! Oh, and did you know that a player who is more stretched

out and flexible suffers less injuries than one who is tight?

Lastly, increasing muscle mass adds weight to your body. Will you

still be as quick? As fast? Be able to jump as high for that header

in the box? Strength training IS a good idea, but in a sport like

football, it is of paramount importance to target that training and

heavily weigh the cost of getting a bit more buffed out. Moderation

in strength training is a strong recommendation. Good luck.

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