Fitness Guide

Fitness Components for American Football

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In addition to the high level of skill required to play American Football, to be successful you need, among other things, good strength, power, speed and agility! However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for American Football, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a football player.

You Need to be Quick and Powerful

We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in American Football. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, factor which is considered the most important by the readers of this site is Power followed by Speed / Quickness. You can add your vote too.

Motivated for Speed and Endurance?

In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of American Football, and the most important according to them are: Aerobic Endurance, Speed / Quickness, Motivation & Self Confidence. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful American Football Players.

Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)

  1. Aerobic Endurance, Speed / Quickness, Motivation & Self Confidence
  2. Balance & Coordination, Reaction Time, Coping with Pressure Situations
  3. Strength & Power, Analytic & Tactical Ability, Skill and Technique
  4. Body Size and Composition, Flexibility, Agility


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