Definition of skill related fitness

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Definition of Skill Related Fitness

The abilities or components of skill related fitness are not the skills associated with any particular sport, such as running, catching, tackling or kicking, but are the underlying skills which are brought to bear when participating in a sport.

There are six skill related components of fitness. These are Agility, Balance, Coordination, Power, Reaction Time, Speed. These are important fitness components, not just for sporting ability, but for use in everyday life.

In times of illness, or in ageing, these components are often features of our lives that fail and their levels are reduced. Exercise and activities that promote skill components of fitness are therefore very important at all ages.


Agility is the ability to rapidly and accurately change the direction of the body at speed. It necessitates a combination of speed, balance, power and coordination.


Skill related fitness definitionBalance is the ability to maintain equilibrium when stationary or moving.


Co-ordination is the ability to carry out a series of movements or motor tasks smoothly & efficiently.


The amount of force a muscle can exert. Muscular power is the ability to contract muscles with speed and force in one explosive act.

Reaction Time

Reaction Time is the ability to respond to a stimuli quickly.


Speed is a measure of the ability to move all or part of the body as quickly as possible.