S p o r t s P o e m s
By Josie Whitehead
There’s a gentle giant on the pitch
Who outshines all the rest.
His tips are here to help you all
Perform your very best:
TAILOR YOUR TRAINING
Training should be tailored
To your position on the pitch.
It’s you who redirects the ball
Without a fault or glitch.
WATCH YOUR BACK
Work to strengthen muscles
But don’t forget your back.
It’s the muscles that you cannot see
That help in the attack.
THE POSTERIOR CHAIN
The muscles of the posterior chain -
You’ll know the ones I mean -
Those tendons, ligaments and more
Are felt but seldom seen.
FILL UP YOUR TANK
Dehydration will not help you play.
Drink well throughout the game.
Build strength with carbohydrates;
They’re important just the same.
You will need to flex those muscles
For they’ll keep you safe from harm.
There are quite a lot of stretching drills
Designed for legs and arms.
NIMBLE IN MIND AND LIMB
Both physically and mentally
Agility’s what you need;
You’ll run and jump, twist and turn –
And all of this at speed.
POLISH YOUR CONFIDENCE
What follows all this training then
And what will help you play?
Well, polishing your confidence
Helps most on the big day.
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