Lasting two hours, the average Australian Football ( AFL )midfielder can run up to 20km a game. Players must also master kicking, handballing, tackling and sprinting with explosive power in order to play the game successfully, and their use of tactics and ability to play almost any position is highly valued. An extremely high level of fitness is required for this demanding sport, and players must also be in tune with their requirements in terms of nutrition and fluids while on field.
Set up in 1997 to provide training and education to elite junior footballers, the AIS Australian Football program has seen scholarship holders drafted to senior AFL clubs. In partnership with the AFL, players are able to stay in their home State or Territory while they train at Intensive Training Centres overseen by AIS/AFL High Performance Coaches.
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