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Jack Mclean: Unleashing Football Potential: A Comprehensive Review of Enhanced Football

Unleashing Football Potential: The Incredible Value of Enhanced Football

In the world of football, athletes constantly strive to push their limits and elevate their performance. Finding the right resources and guidance is paramount. In 2022, I stumbled upon an exceptional business that truly lives up to its name: Enhanced Football. Today, I want to share my positive experience with this platform and highlight the incredible value it brings to football enthusiasts.

A Hub of Knowledge and Expertise

Enhanced Football serves as an invaluable hub of knowledge and expertise, catering to athletes, coaches, and fans alike. From its comprehensive training programs to its insightful articles and resources, the website offers a treasure trove of information to help individuals unleash their football potential.

Training Programs: Igniting Success, Step by Step

One of the standout features of Enhanced Football is its meticulously crafted training programs. These programs target specific areas of improvement, enhancing kicking accuracy, distance, and overall football performance. With a user-friendly interface and step-by-step instructions, athletes can easily follow the programs and track their progress. The attention to detail and video demonstrations facilitate effective technique implementation.

Expert Advice: Ben Stanley and AFLW Star Belle Dawes

Ben Stanley and AFLW star Belle Dawes go above and beyond with their athletes, ensuring each session propels footballers toward improvement. Their wealth of wisdom empowers developing players to gain a deeper understanding of the game and learn from those who have achieved greatness.

Community Engagement and Support: A Vibrant Network

What sets Enhanced Football apart is its vibrant and supportive community. The website features forums, discussion boards, and interactive elements that encourage users to connect, share experiences, and seek guidance. The sense of camaraderie and the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals foster an environment of growth and learning.

User-Friendly Interface: Navigating with Ease

Navigating through Enhanced Football is a breeze, thanks to its user-friendly interface. The website is thoughtfully organized, making it easy to find desired content quickly. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, the intuitive design ensures a seamless browsing experience, allowing you to focus on absorbing knowledge and improving your skills.

Elevating Understanding and Passion

Enhanced Football has undoubtedly exceeded my expectations as a comprehensive resource for football enthusiasts. Its training programs, expert advice, and interactive community foster an environment that inspires growth, improvement, and success. Whether you’re an aspiring athlete looking to enhance your performance or a football fan seeking valuable insights, this website will undoubtedly elevate your understanding and passion for the game.

Visit: Enhanced Football today and unlock your true football potential. Prepare to be inspired, motivated, and equipped with the knowledge and tools to take your game to the next level!

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How to train like an AFL Elite Midfielder | Prep Like A Pro

How to Train Specifically for Your Position
How to Train Specifically for Your Position

SPORT PROFILE FOR AN MALE AFL MIDFIELDER
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The AFL elite male midfielder position demand can change due to many factors such as dimensions of the ground, rotations, weather, and even if the player is playing inside or outside midfield position.

However, there are similarities amongst this playing position, especially when compared to other position game profiles like a key forward and or defender. (13)

This sports profile will dive into detail about the recent changes in demand for an elite midfielder playing in the Australian Football League (AFL) over the last decade.

Due to the dynamic nature of the midfielder’s position and the sport itself, this report will look at four key areas of performance for a midfielder. These four key areas are Physical, mental, tactical, and technical, leaning on the most up-to-date research to back our claims and ultimately provide insight into how to optimally prepare a midfielder for high performance!

 

 Competition requirements

Physical

Aerobic capacity

Repeat acceleration

Individualised approach

The AFL game is certainly getting faster and players particularly midfielders are required to cover the further distance in the same amount of game time.

This article will take a closer look at recent scientific research conducted on AFL players and look closely at the physical, mental, technical, and tactical key performance indicators for midfielders.

Part of this is the fact that AFL midfielders are playing on after a mark a lot more regularly during a game. Due to the demand for the game to ‘flow’ better and allow for more scoring rule changes like less time taken for umpires to restart play or take a shot for a goal. Reducing the rest periods for the players and increasing the demand for midfielders to set up at a stoppage in less time, all while reducing the total rotations allowed by the team.

Compared to other positions on the field midfielders covered on average cover more total distance (4) and still, produce a high amount of high-intensity efforts 2nd only mobile forwards (10)

Midfielders’ aerobic capacity and repeat accelerations are critical for midfielders to be able to handle the high volume of total distance and repeat high-intensity efforts. The current research suggests programming high-intensity aerobic interval training to improve aerobic power, match running performance, and greater involvement in the play. (12)

Midfielders’ ability to recover between games is crucial to preventing injuries while ensuring players are recovering appropriately. Varying the load from week to week as is recommended from a team perspective is important, we also need to factor in each athlete’s profile. (12)

Fitness testing ie 2km time trial and repeat sprint test we can identify which of the squad midfielders are aerobic and which are anaerobic dominant. With this information in mind, we may look to adjust the training load by reducing the total volume run for the aerobic midfielders and look to maintain or increase running volumes for the aerobic-based midfielders.

This graph represents the effect fatigue has on the players as the quarter goes on from the start to the 10-minute mark players start to reduce their work rate.  On average the midfielders and the mobile forwards ran the furthest for total distance and high-speed running.

Research like this one gives us confidence that improving a midfielder’s running capacity in a traditional conditioning manner in conjunction with specific football drills like small, sided games will increase the likelihood of increasing the player’s ability to express repeat high-intensity efforts in a game for longer. (10) Potentially giving the team a winning advantage over the competition.

Mental

Behaviour

Mental health

Psychological reactions to injury

Team behaviour can influence the tactical, technical, and physical side of performance. The key focus of Sam J Robertson’s research: Collective team behaviour of Australian rules football during a phase of math play investigated the difference in team behaviour with regards to possession and location on the field. (13)

Mental health which unfortunately is growing in its effect on AFL players and therefore key management practices from sports doctors at AFL clubs are critical. (14) Thirdly looking into the psychology of AFL players with regards to the reaction to injury. (15)

Although the sample size is small for the team behaviour article the findings were interesting, utilizing notational analysis methods to assess the effects players were positioning themselves during different stages of play. Clear differences were recorded with regards to length, width, and surface area were all typically greater during offense when compared to defense and contested phases. Team B pattern of greater values of length, width, and surface area during all phases of play when compared to team A. (13) Creating this extra space from an offensive point of view may be to help clear space for the forwards, from a physical point of view this style of play may increase the high-intensity efforts of the midfielders through creating space and being able to get back if the ball was in the contest as reported in this study both teams would aim to close space during contested situations.

AFL like many high-performance sporting codes have many mental health issues and the key to good management is the primary care providers the sports doctors. (14) This research conducted a questionnaire of best practices from experienced AFL sports doctors (96%) with 39% having worked for more than 10 years.

The findings fell within nine domains, 1. Prevention and mental health promotion activities 2. Screening and Risk identification 3. Engaging external specialists 4. Duty of care 5. Assessment, treatment, and case coordination 6. Communication 7. Confidentiality 8. Sleep management 9. Substance use management

A key takeaway is to ensure the club has an experienced sports doctor to look out for the players with best practices in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team to ensure the whole club approach to optimise prevention, identification, and treatment to manage players mental health. (14)

How do AFL athletes respond to injury?

For all those involved with working with AFL players understanding this concept is critical to the mental health of players. The results found in this study showcase how important it is to support AFL players going through rehabilitation.  A Player’s response tends to depend on the severity of the injury if its short term it can fall under the normality of injury as ‘all part of the game’, however, long term and stress can be high due to losing connection with their teammates, contract’s expiring, and not returning in the same physical shape. (15)

AFL players reported fluctuations of negative emotions during a longer-term injury such as shock, anger, disappointment, and the sense of feeling flat. Common for players to experience fear of missing out on games, and team structure resulting in feeling anxious, depressed, and moody.

A key takeaway is how often players reported feeling unfit and ‘rusty’ with their ball skills when returning to training and games.

The practical implementation of this is the importance of including cross-training, and plenty of touches either with a skills coach or another rehab player to ensure the midfield-specific skills were incorporated while the player was in rehabilitation to improve self-efficacy. Encouraging maintaining coach connection with the player is key to preventing players from feeling isolated, perhaps using video footage of a player’s high light reel, and mentioning a positive performance post an injury would be helpful in also building players’ confidence and feeling connected to the club. Furthermore, during the early stages of rehab, it’s important for medical and staff to incorporate plenty of variation to prevent boredom and for players to be involved in team activities wherever possible. (15)

Tactical

Field location

Passages of play for offense play

A longitudinal systematic review looked at the average physical output changes in AFL players from 2005 to 2017 and found rule changes and game style to be the most significant influence on the match demands of AFL players. (1)

What does this specifically mean for AFL midfielders? How does the game style have an effect? Well, the research shows AFL midfielders are required to work the hardest during offensive plays, compared to defensive and contested phases. (10)

This finding is consistent with the research on positional demands and field location found. (12) When team a team intercepts the ball, it is more likely that the opposition will not have their defensive zone structure in place. Allows for a greater opportunity to score and hence why midfielders get rewarded when they work hard during these passages of play. Key takeaway the ability of midfielders to work hard when the ball is turned the ball is key to team success due to the increased probability of a clearer path to goals. (3)

Technical

Effective Kicking

Ball in play

Effective Handball

While work rate is important for team success, effective technical actions are most important. (6)

 

Successful offensive plays resulting in a shot on goal appeared to be dependent on both physical output and technical skills. (5) As the table 2 when a team with high short kicking effectiveness on average win more quarters by a larger amount.

Table 4 shows how important handballing skills are for midfielders ranking the highest percentage of key position players

Players are likely to have increased workload and decreased skill proficiency when their team is less successful. (3) Having a program that focuses on developing kicking effectiveness is critical for team success.

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How to Train Like an AFL Midfielder
How to Train Like an AFL Midfielder
AFLW Athlete Development CoachesCategoriesFooty Program Footy Tips Strength & Conditioning Coaches Tips

AFLW Athlete Development Coaches

The AFL Women’s (AFLW) rising popularity has given rise to a vital role in Australian Rules Football – Athlete Development Coach. This article explores their roles and responsibilities, emphasizing their importance in developing AFLW players.

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What is the AFLW?

The AFLW, which started in 2017 with 8 teams, has been a significant milestone in women’s football. Moreover, the league expanded to 10 teams in 2019 and then to 14 teams in 2020, signifying its rapid growth and popularity. Notably, it’s highly attended and popular worldwide. For instance, the 2019 Grand Final saw a record-breaking 53,034 attendees. As a result, this tremendous success sparked significant interest among women players, ultimately leading to the rise of AFLW Athlete Development Coaches. Now, let’s delve into their crucial and transformative role.

What is an Athlete Development Coach?

An Athlete Development Coach specializes in improving athletes of all levels, ranging from beginners to elite players. They play a pivotal role in sports clubs or organizations, meticulously creating and implementing tailored training programs to enhance skills and performance. At Prepare Like A Pro, you can find these dedicated coaches with a wealth of knowledge and experience in AFLW strength & conditioning, fitness training, and running programs. Consequently, they play a vital and multifaceted role in developing AFLW players, helping them reach their full potential and achieve excellence on and off the field.

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The Roles of an Athlete Development Coach

Athlete Development Coaches have several crucial roles and responsibilities. Let’s explore them through subheadings:

1. Help Players Improve Their Performance

Athlete development coaches play a vital role in enhancing athletes’ performance on game day. They identify areas for improvement through comprehensive evaluation and analysis. By designing specific training programs with drills and exercises targeting these areas, coaches provide ongoing feedback and support to keep athletes on track.

2. Create Training and Development Programs for the Athletes

Athlete development coaches tailor training and development programs to each athlete’s unique needs, helping them overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. Drawing on their understanding of human performance science, they focus on improving different AFLW fitness components like strength, power, and endurance.

3. Assist with the Design and Implementation of Applied Strength and Conditioning Programs

These coaches collaborate with other specialists in strength, nutrition, psychology, and physiotherapy to create comprehensive programs that optimize AFLW players’ strength, agility, coordination, and stamina.

4. Work Closely With All Members of the Team and Organize, Plan, and Oversee Athletes and Coaches

Athlete development coaches foster collaboration among athletes, coaches, and support staff by developing training and practice plans aligned with the team’s goals. Through monitoring and adjustments, they guide athletes and teams toward success.

5. Effective Communication and Relationship Building

These coaches must communicate clearly and concisely with all team members, listening attentively to understand different perspectives. Building strong relationships helps create a cohesive environment where everyone works together toward the same goal.

If you are interested in improving your AFLW athleticism or becoming a part of the development process for future AFLW athletes, consider reaching out to Prepare Like A Pro, an organization with years of experience developing elite-level footballers. They can help take your game to the next level.

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