|Gary Ablett Jnr - photo from ntnews.com.au|
For those new to the sport - Australian Rules Football is a football code that originated in Australia and is played with an oval spheroid on an oval shaped field between 2 sides of 18 on-field players – it’s most highly regarded, renowned and only national competition in Australia is the Australian Football League (AFL). I would recommend visiting the wikipedia page, official AFL website, Aussie Rules International website and reading the Aussie Rules For Dummies book to learn more about the sport – there are also some very good videos on youtube that explain how the sport works, basic skills and showcase it's greatest aspects.
For those who play other sports - whilst our target audience may be Australian Rules footballers, many of the fitness programs are certainly applicable and will be highly effective for many other team and/or ball sports - particularly those that consist of intermittent periods of high intensity (sprinting, leaping, high effort tackling/hitting/throwing) and low intensity activity (jogging, running, walking, low effort skills), which most commonly played sports do - these sports may include:
- Soccer (use programs based on correlating positions and requirements)
- Rugby League/Union (use programs based on correlating positions and requirements)
- Cricket (use the full back/full forward and power based programs)
- Basketball (use the flanker/utility programs)
- Tennis (use the flanker/utility programs)
- Baseball/Softball (use the full back/full forward and power based programs)
- American Football (use the full back/full forward and power based programs)
- Field Hockey (use programs based on correlating positions and fitness requirements)
To get started take a self fitness assessment then choose a fitness program that suits you. Also be sure to read our pages on nutrition, recovery and prehab/rehab, to get the most out of your training and playing ability, as well as our blog to get further tips - there are a number of ways to subscribe to website updates on the sidebar.
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All the best with your training !