Components of Skill Related Fitness

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  • Created on: 24-02-13 18:54

Skill Related Fitness


... means changing direction at speed. 

The ability to change the position of the body quickly and to control the movement of the whole body. 

Running a 100 metre race does not require agility, as the runner doesn't have to change direction a lot. However agility is important in sports like gymnastics where an athlete would have to perform flic-flacs and somersaults. 

Rugby players need agility to dodge a defender who is trying to tackle them, just as netballers would need agility to move away from their defender whilst playing a game. 


... can mean balance at rest or when on the move. Static balance is keeping the body stable while stationary. Dynamic balance is maintaining a controlled stable position while moving. 

The ability to retain the centre of mass of the body above the base of support with reference to static or dynamic conditions of movement, shape and orientation. 

Static balance is important when performing a handstand, or taking part in archery or clay pigeon shooting. The athlete will need to stay very still to obtain top marks. Dynamic balance is important during a fast game, like basketball. A player would fall over very easily whilst playing if they lacked dynamic balance. 

Sports like gymnastics, hammer throwing, and yoga need balance as a component of skill related fitness. 


... can either mean hand-eye coordination, foot-eye coordination, or head-eye coordination. At other times players may need chest-eye coordination or thigh-eye coordination to control the ball, so coordination is a high priority skill. 

The ability to use two or more body parts together. 

Hand-eye coordination is important for goalkeepers or boxers; foot-eye coordination is important for footballers or rugby players; head-eye coordination is important for footballers again, just as chest-eye and thigh-eye coordination is. 

Clearly, football is the most…


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