This activity begins with students playing a game of 'team huddle'. The game employs the lightening match approach and demonstrates that the game of Australian football has four quarters. At the conclusion of each quarter, students form into huddles. The physical activities are varied during each quarter and students undertake personal evaluation of their energy levels. Students will complete a worksheet to discuss the importance of making healthy food choices in preparation for physical activity such as an Australian football match.
Year 3-4: Skills for the past
The kicking style in Australian football has evolved over time. Contemporary players predominantly use one type of kick: the drop punt. During the early years of Australian football, players could be seen using a variety of kicking styles including the drop kick, stab pass, flat punt, torpedo or, when that extra bit of accuracy was required when kicking for goal, the place kick. Students will engage in a series of activities designed to introduce them to these rarely used skills. As a way of understanding why the Australian football kicking style has evolved, students will engage in an experiment designed to test their own goal kicking accuracy using a drop punt and a place kick.
Year 5-6: Biomechanics of Kicking
This activity provides students with the opportunity to explore the skills associated with kicking a football over short or long distances.
Students plan and conduct a scientific test to gather data to show how kicking distance can be increased. The focus on this session is to recognise the limitations of gathering reliable data in some types of investigations.
It's More than a Game Resource
Year 11-2 PE Studies:
The role of pre-participation screening in preventing injuries to participants and athletes.
Changes in equipment and techniques to cater for a range of sub-population groups, such as children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
Rehabilitation techniques used in recovery from injury and injury management techniques used to expedite return to play.
Nutritional strategies used to enhance performance and improve recovery, including carbohydrate loading, application of the glycemic index, carbohydrate gels, protein supplementation and caffeine supplementation.
Hydration techniques to enhance performance and recovery, including water, hypertonic, hypotonic and isotonic drinks and the use of intravenous drips in rehydration.
Psychological strategies used to enhance performance and aid recovery, including sleep, meditation, motivational techniques, optimal arousal, mental imagery and concentration.
This footage provides a general overview of the various test completed at the Combine, what they test for and how they link to AFL player performance.