The Reading / Listening - Team Sports - Level 2

Researchers from a university in the UK say that training in a sports team is the best way to improve all-round fitness. They said team sport players have the endurance and stamina of long-distance runners, and the strength of bodybuilders. This is because of the different types of exercise that team players do. The researchers said the key to all-round fitness is to combine strength with endurance and stamina. Cycling, running or swimming was best for all-round fitness. In addition, energetically doing housework and climbing stairs was a good alternative to the gym.



The study looked at 228 athletes aged 17 to 37. There were endurance athletes, such as cyclists, skiers and long-distance runners; power athletes, such as sprinters and bodybuilders; and team athletes who played basketball, football and volleyball. The researchers tested the athletes' muscle power, their ability to jump, and the athletes' oxygen use during hard exercise. A professor said his study showed that "endurance training for power athletes and power training for endurance athletes" was beneficial. He said team players were lucky to do both.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Team Sports - Level 0 Team Sports - Level 1   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. the best way to improve
  2. endurance
  3. the strength
  4. different types of
  5. the key
  6. running or swimming
  7. doing
  8. a good alternative
  1. exercise
  2. housework
  3. to the gym
  4. to all-round fitness
  5. was best
  6. all-round fitness
  7. of bodybuilders
  8. and stamina

Paragraph 2

  1. 228 athletes
  2. endurance
  3. long-
  4. team athletes who
  5. muscle
  6. oxygen use during
  7. endurance
  8. team players were lucky
  1. distance runners
  2. power
  3. to do both
  4. training
  5. hard exercise
  6. aged 17 to 37
  7. played basketball
  8. athletes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers from a university in the UK (1) ___________________ in a sports team is the best (2) ___________________ all-round fitness. They said team sport players have the endurance and (3) ___________________ runners, and the strength of bodybuilders. This is because of the different (4) ___________________ that team players do. The researchers said the key to all-round fitness is to (5) ___________________ endurance and stamina. Cycling, running or swimming was best for all-round fitness. In addition, energetically doing housework and (6) ___________________ a good alternative to the gym.

The study looked at (7) ___________________ 17 to 37. There were endurance athletes, (8) ___________________, skiers and long-distance runners; power athletes, such as sprinters and bodybuilders; (9) ___________________ who played basketball, football and volleyball. The researchers tested the athletes' muscle power, their (10) ___________________, and the athletes' oxygen use (11) ___________________. A professor said his study showed that "endurance training for power athletes and power training for endurance athletes" was beneficial. He said team players (12) ___________________ do both.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ResearchersfromauniversityintheUKsaythattraininginasportsteami
sthebestwaytoimproveall-roundfitness.Theysaidteamsportplayersh
avetheenduranceandstaminaoflong-distancerunners,andthestren
gthofbodybuilders.Thisisbecauseofthedifferenttypesofexercisethatt
eamplayersdo.Theresearcherssaidthekeytoall-roundfitnessistocom
binestrengthwithenduranceandstamina.Cycling,runningorswimmin
gwasbestforall-roundfitness.Inaddition,energeticallydoinghousew
orkandclimbingstairswasagoodalternativetothegym.Thestudylooke
dat228athletesaged17to37.Therewereenduranceathletes,suchascy
clists,skiersandlong-distancerunners;powerathletes,suchassprint
ersandbodybuilders;andteamathleteswhoplayedbasketball,football
andvolleyball.Theresearcherstestedtheathletes'musclepower,their
abilitytojump,andtheathletes'oxygenuseduringhardexercise.Aprofe
ssorsaidhisstudyshowedthat"endurancetrainingforpowerathletesan
dpowertrainingforenduranceathletes"wasbeneficial.Hesaidteampla
yerswereluckytodoboth.

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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