Fitness Requirements of Umpires
Friday, February 11, 2011
A recent study conducted by the University of Newcastle into the physiology of Australian Football umpires in a state-based competition recently found that Field umpires cover an average total distance during a match of 11,492m and Boundary umpires cover an average of 15,060m per match.
The study was conducted on umpires operating in a State League competition under the three field umpire system and two boundary umpire system.
Other significant findings of the study
- The distance covered in the first quarter was greater than in remaining quarters, however, no significant reductions were found.
- The distance covered at high intensity was highest in the first quarter, before reducing throughout the match. This is attributed to fatigue of the umpires themselves but also due to a slowing of play due to fatigue from players.
- The average running speed of both umpiring discipline is greatest during the first quarter of a match, before a significant reduction during the fourth quarter.
Benefits of fitness
The study highlights the fitness requirements of umpires. A high level of fitness is the cornerstone to high levels of performance. Improved fitness:
- Improves concentration during games
- Enables you to get into the right position, every time
- Assists in Injury Prevention
- Greatly Reduces Recovery Time
- Will assist in extending your Career
Umpires at all levels will benefit from completing a tailored training program to build a strong fitness base in preparation for the start of the season.