Main Energy Systems Used in a Game of Touch Football

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There are three main energy systems used in a game of touch football which consist of the creatine phosphate (ATP PC) system, lactic acid system and the aerobic system. Each system plays a vital role during game play. Every muscle in your body requires energy to perform all movements, and to do this, the energy is produced by the breakdown of a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is found in all cells which is a chemical form of muscular activity and performs mostly all functions in the human body. It contains 3 phosphate groups and adenosine. ATP is stored in the muscles and lasts for approximately 10-30 seconds. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins, are all producers of ATP from the food we eat; however Creatine Phosphate is also a high energy compound producer found in the cells. These three chemical reactions are conducted to continue muscular work. The first system used in a game of touch football is the ATP PC system. This system is stored into the muscles and used in short durations for up to 10 seconds and doesn’t not require oxygen therefore being anaerobic. ATP lasts approximately 3 seconds, and then Creatine phosphate (CP) will continue until all ATP PC energy is used up. The use of ATP is high intensity and would usually be used in a 50m sprint or a pass in touch. Once the CP energy is used up the body then switches to the lactic acid system. This is because of the breakdown of glucose, resulting in the production of lactic acid. The lactic acid system an anaerobic energy system, which lasts for approximately 30 seconds to 2 minutes, and is the conversion of glycogen to glucose. In relation to a game of touch football, the lactic acid system could be used during a quick wruck, as the movements required are a... ... middle of paper ... ...ging or weaving to avoid the oppositions, or sometimes when recovering quickly from a collision or fall. Therefore in terms of fitness tests I am doing reasonably well however there are a few areas that need attention to. In a game of touch I would allocate myself to the link position for a couple of reasons. Links are positioned between the middles and wings and require many attributes to performing consistently. The reason why I think I am best suited for this position is because I am able to communicate with my team mates when in defence making sure the team is correctly aligned and no gaps are being created. My lactic acid system performs strongly throughout the game during intensive wrucking of the ball. I am able to generate enough speed, find gaps and apply enthusiasm in order to perform the best of my ability and hopefully scoring a try or setting one up.

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