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Training for Touch Football
Characteristics of Touch Football
The games consist of two teams with 6 on field players each. However, some recreational and school competitions allow for 7 players. Each team is usually split into 3 different positions. These are the wings, links, and middles.
The game of Touch Football involves short bursts of acceleration ranging from 2 – 20 metres at varying speeds for periods of 2-3 minutes. Touch Football efforts can be broken down into about 50% anaerobic, 30% aerobic and a 20% combination of the two. Athletes reach 75% of their maximum heart rates on average for the duration of a game. On average, 90% of the game involves low to moderate activity with the rest being high intensity. An elite player covers about 3.1 kilometres a game.
The movement patters include shuffling, stepping, changing direction all of which require agility while maintaining good body position.
Touch Football skills such as catching, passing, dumping, sidestepping, swerving and making touches are all performed while moving across the ground forwards, backwards and laterally within the confines of the field. Even the skilling of playing or dumping the ball, which has evolved from the stationery rollball, is performed while a player is moving, often at near maximal speed.
Touch Football Training & Drills
The core components of a Touch Football training program are physical performance, skills exercises, and strength and conditioning.
The fitness demands of Touch Football include agility, speed, speed endurance, aerobic endurance, strength, power and flexibility. Touch Football is considered an anaerobic sport, however an aerobic base is required to recover from the frequent anaerobic efforts. Traditional Touch Football training programs involve the establishment of an aerobic base followed by exhausting and (often) painful endurance programs, leading to sharp, short movements to simulate game play.
Touch Football is also very technical and strategic and elite players must learn a number of different attacking plays and defensive patterns.
Touch Football drills deal mainly with ball handling, catching, running, passing and dumping.
Even though there is only limited contact in Touch Football, injuries do occur often. Proper training can significantly reduce the likelihood of injury.
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