After a long summer break, teams playing in the English Soccer Premier league have been getting their players fit for the new season. Top teams such as Manchester united, Asernal F.C, Chelsea F.C and Liverpoool F.C have a strict fitness test to see whether a players’ off season involved too many pints or he is still a goal machine.
I was tidying up my bedroom when I came across a 2005 copy of Mens Health magazine which had the following fitness test by Dr. Charlotte Cowie, head of medical services at Tottenham Hotspsur FC.
1. Fitness of Your Knees
Sore and painful knees are a bad sign. Swelling or wasting can indicate problems especially with cruciate ligaments of knee cartilage. Such problems require professional attention.
2. Ankle Fitness Test
Are they aching? Ankle wear and tear is inevitable in sports. But accelerated degeneration is a red light. Look for swelling or poor movement.
To restore strength stand on one leg, shut your eyes, and try to hold it. Do a minute on each leg.
3. Groin Muscle Fitness Test
Groin injuries result from over use of the adductor muscles. Recovery mainly requires rest. Beware sit-ups, which can exacerbate groin strain.
4. Do Sprints to Test your Fitness
A fit soccer player should be able to sprint 10m in under two seconds.
5. Vertical Jump Test
How high you can jump is a sign of how fit you are. The higher the better.
6. A bleep Test
A bleep test basically measures aerobic capacity.
7. How easily can you stand on one leg
Good athletes need to have good balance. Improve yours by standing on one leg while you are brushing your teeth.
8. Your resting heart rate
As an endurance athlete you develop an athlete’s heart which is different to the non athletes heart. Athletes have a low resting pulse rate of under 50 beats per minute.
9. Blood Pressure Test
If you have a very high blood pressure, its worth investigating
10. Your Body Fat Test
The body fat of a top player is 9%. Being lighter saves a runner tons of energy. Lance Armstrong plans to show up at 2008 NYC marathon 4Kg lighter than last year. The lighter you are the faster you can run.