Fitness and skills
Amaven’s assessments and programmes are designed to measure and enhance the core components of fitness. They’re elements that feature in almost any type of sport or physical activity, so training them to high performance is an elementary part of a coach’s objective.
The components of fitness are:
- Strength – “the ability to exert force against a resistance.” From the explosive power needed to explode from the starting blocks to the force behind the swing of a tennis racket.
- Mobility – “the ability to move.” This encompasses things like the agility to move your whole body at speed, or having the flexibility to perform complex manoeuvres with your limbs.
- Stability – “the state or quality of being stable.” Whether it’s the steadfastness of martial artists or the perfect equilibrium of a gymnast’s balance, stability is crucial to accuracy and control.
- Posture – “the position or bearing of the body.” Posture is a vital part of fitness and performance, from the streamlining of a professional diver’s descent to the handling of an Olympian’s javelin throw.
- Speed – “the rate at which someone moves”. In competitive sport, being quicker or more agile is vital, outrunning other players or building up the momentum for a high jump
- Stamina – “the ability to sustain prolonged physical effort”. Without stamina, sports players are unlikely to last a game, while those trying to develop skills will tire soon into practice
- Power – “move or travel with great speed or force”. Without power, every action, whether it’s tackling or throwing a ball, lacks impact or force
- Skill – “the ability or expertise to do something well”. Tricks, techniques or method – it all falls under the banner of skills, which are essential for success in sport