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zoo_manimal
RE: Soccer players would be the best distance runners, and NFL players would be the best sprinters

Hardloper wrote:

Many soccer players would be good sprinters, see ex-pro footballer Adam Gemili, or Kabange Mupopo, pro 400m runner and captain of the Zambia women's national team.

The World Cup match statistics on the FIFA website show how much time players spend in each range (walking, jogging, running, sprinting) so you can see for yourself what mix of speeds different players and positions run.


Missed the point...

Yeah, like a quarter walking, a quarter jogging, and less than half at "fast." Like I said.

All of these are %s of, roughly on average, about 6 miles. What I don't see quantified are the periods between efforts. Anway, it doesn't matter...I've played soccer for 15 years. A full full-on match is a large physical effort, but it doesn't translate in any way that I can see into running disciplines. Saying soccer players would be good at distance running, moving immediately over, is baseless and pointless to argue. The fact that some people who played soccer at high levels are also good at running has nothing to do with anything. Of course there are actually fast people among soccer players...and among football players and basketball players...and swimmers and badminton players....so? Training for and playing soccer does not make you ready to bomb your local 5k or 10k or whatever. It's a different kind of fitness.

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