When people thing of he sport called Rugby League, they think of big hits, bruised bodies and big punches.
While this is partially true, there is much more to the sport than meets the eye.
Rugby League is actually one of the most explosive sports in the world, and while when you look at the players you may think they are just big, overweight players who would be super slow, there is more to them than just that.
People who play Rugby League at the elite level have an interesting physical make up.
Naturally, the sport requires players to be large sized with big muscles, and be able to take big hits and knocks.
Leg strength is a huge necessity in the sport, as there are many occasions you will need to push off, or carry opponents with you when you have the ball.
But, at the same time it is critical that they have explosive speed, decent endurance and great recovery.
The sport itself is played in short, small bursts, no more than around 10 – 20 yards at a time.
The idea is to break the defensive line and run to you try area to score.
For this reason it is essential to have great agility and the ability to reach maximum speed, fast.
While there are many different positions on a Rugby League field, the body characteristics are generally similar.
Now, there are many people who may argue the sport is bad on the body and not a good choice for our kids to play.
While I can see this argument, I do believe the sport has many positives.
Yes, there are many big hits, but they only condition your body to resist knocks, and the increase in muscle and strength are great in preventing future injuries.
The explosive speed you gain from the sport will only make life more enjoyable and will do wonders for your overall health.
There are many reasons to dislike the spot of Rugby League, but from a health point of view, there are positives as well.