The Reading / Listening - Team Sports - Level 1

Researchers say that training in sports teams is the best thing for all-round fitness. Team sport players have the endurance and stamina of long-distance runners, and the strength of bodybuilders. Researchers said the key to all-round fitness was to get strength, endurance and stamina. Cycling, running or swimming was best for this. Doing housework and climbing stairs was also a good way, instead of going to the gym.



The study looked at athletes aged 17 to 37. There were endurance athletes, such as cyclists; power athletes, such as bodybuilders; and team athletes who played basketball and football. The researchers tested the athletes' power, their ability to jump, and their oxygen use during hard exercise. A professor said power athletes should do endurance training and endurance athletes should do power training. Team players are lucky to do both.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Team Sports - Level 0 Team Sports - Level 2   or  Team Sports - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48711579
  • https://road.cc/content/news/262666-team-sport-players-training-sees-them-get-benefits-both-endurance-and-power
  • https://www.themaynepress.com/2019/06/23/top-power-and-endurance-training-key-to-all-round-fitness/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. training in sports
  2. the best thing for all-
  3. long-distance
  4. the strength
  5. Cycling, running
  6. Doing
  7. climbing
  8. instead of going
  1. housework
  2. runners
  3. to the gym
  4. or swimming
  5. teams
  6. stairs
  7. round fitness
  8. of bodybuilders

Paragraph 2

  1. athletes aged
  2. power
  3. athletes who played basketball
  4. researchers tested the athletes'
  5. their ability to
  6. oxygen use during
  7. do power
  8. Team players are lucky
  1. and football
  2. hard exercise
  3. to do both
  4. jump
  5. training
  6. athletes
  7. 17 to 37
  8. power

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers (1) ___________________ in sports teams is the best thing (2) ___________________. Team sport players have the endurance (3) ___________________ long-distance runners, and the strength of bodybuilders. Researchers said the key to all-round fitness (4) ___________________ strength, endurance and stamina. Cycling, running or swimming (5) ___________________ this. Doing housework and climbing stairs was also a good way, (6) ___________________ to the gym.

The study looked (7) ___________________ 17 to 37. There were endurance athletes, (8) ___________________; power athletes, such as bodybuilders; and team athletes who played basketball and football. The researchers (9) ___________________ power, their ability to jump, and their oxygen use (10) ___________________. A professor said power athletes should do endurance training and endurance athletes (11) ___________________ training. Team players are lucky (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researcherssaythattraininginsportsteamsisthebestthingforall-roun
dfitness.Teamsportplayershavetheenduranceandstaminaoflong-dis
tancerunners,andthestrengthofbodybuilders.Researcherssaidtheke
ytoall-roundfitnesswastogetstrength,enduranceandstamina.Cyclin
g,runningorswimmingwasbestforthis.Doinghouseworkandclimbing
stairswasalsoagoodway,insteadofgoingtothegym.Thestudylookeda
tathletesaged17to37.Therewereenduranceathletes,suchascyclists;
powerathletes,suchasbodybuilders;andteamathleteswhoplayedbas
ketballandfootball.Theresearcherstestedtheathletes'power,theirabi
litytojump,andtheiroxygenuseduringhardexercise.Aprofessorsaidp
owerathletesshoulddoendurancetrainingandenduranceathletessho
ulddopowertraining.Teamplayersareluckytodoboth.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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