advertisement
14 June 2010

Football analysed

FitnessDoc looks at the physiological side of football and finds out what it takes to play a 90 minute game while making some interesting comparisons between rugby and football

FitnessDoc looks at the physiological side of football and finds out what it takes to play a 90 minute game while making some interesting comparisons between rugby and football.

Moments of truth, physiological profile and fatigue

  • Players make, on average, 18 tackles per match (sadly, in many cases, this also means a player will dive 18 times a match, feigning injury half the time - one of the scourges of football)
  • The make 15 headers per match
  • As mentioned, players make 100 sprints where they hit speeds in excess of 20km/h
  • Rugby players, on the other hand, are involved in far more "impacts", which comprise tackles, scrums, sudden stops, ruck involvements, mauls and so forth.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Lifestyle »

E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know

E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places.

Allergy »

Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives

A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.

advertisement