What you do is what you get: The principle of specificity

What you do is what you get: The principle of specificity

This principle applied to sports fitness training means that the overall energy demands of the sport determines which fitness component should be developed so hat the requirement of the sport is matched. This components might include strength, power, endurance.

The principle of specificity say that training should be appropriate and relevant to the sport/activity the individual is training for in order to produce desired results.

Having this in mind, it is important to note that: The muscles of the body do not act directly  to exert force on the ground or other objects. Instead , they function by pulling against bones that rotate around joints and transmit force to the environment. Muscles can only pull, not push; but through the system of bony levers,muscle pulling forces can be manifested as either pulling or pushing forces against external objects.

To become better at any sport or activity the soft skills of the sport or activity should be performed. For example a swimmer should swim to improve swimming performance.

I am a firmly believe that one must perform the skill in order to master it and this makes them better at it.

What you do is what you get

This principle applied to sports fitness training means that the overall energy demands of the sport determines which fitness component should be developed so hat the requirement of the sport is matched. This components might include strength, power, endurance.

Specificity of skill learning means that athletes must develop a variation of skills so that they can quickly adapt to different conditions they will encounter in training and in games.

A good example, golfers would require little distance work, but train for power and flexibility. In contrast basketball fitness training should include some distance work with intermittent speed and agility training,

- Mike Shamiah is a retired rugby player. He is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Kenya  Men's Sevens National Rugby Team and KCB Rugby Club. He has also served in this capacity at AFC Leopards and the Kenya Women's National Sevens Rugby Team where he also served as the Head Coach in 2015/16. 

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