Touch football is a variant of football where players are downed by touching instead of tackling. There are 2 teams who play facing each other and 6 players to each team. There are many types of fitness components used in touch football that are emphasised in the different positions of touch football. The three positions in touch football are middle, link and wing. The fitness requirements for each position vary greatly and have been learnt through practical lessons that included gameplay. Over the last 6 weeks the class has conducted fitness tests that cover all areas of fitness. These fitness components can be broken down into health related fitness components that are a necessity for everyday life and spork or skill components that are obviously developed and used in sport.
2.0 Fitness components used in touch
Balance must be used by every player on the field, it keeps you from falling over while running or standing and helps when you change direction, suddenly stop or are running backwards.
Coordination is also key to success in touch as it is used for catching and throwing the ball (hand-eye) and foot and leg coordination while running forwards and backwards
• anaerobic capacity – maintaining speed
• muscular power – accelerating after picking ball up or start or receiving ball
• balance – change in stance from running upright to placing ball down, quickly stepping opponents and not falling over
• coordination – accurately pass ball, teamwork?
• coordination – receiving ball from dummyhalf
• muscular power – accelerating after receiving ball
• agility – stepping/dodging opponents
• balance – maintaining balance after dodging opponents
• aerobic capacity – constantly running backwards and forwards, possibly running half or full field
• agility – stepping opponents
Analysis of fitness profile
Recommendations (training methods)
There are two classifications of fitness components, aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic is steady exercise with medium or low intensity where the heart and lungs can easily keep up with the bodies requirement for oxygen intake. Anaerobic is super high intensity exercise that is usually maintained to a set amount of time, the heart and lungs cannot keep up with the bodies demand for oxygen so the muscles use lactic acid.
To be the best middle possible, circuit training and fartlek training would be most effective at increasing speed, agility, coordination, balance, muscular endurance, anaerobic and aerobic fitness