Which Factors Make Successful Decathletes?

We asked people to rate the range of physical and mental factors that contribute to successful performance in sports. Why don't you also have your say on the most important factors for success in this sport. All these factors are important for decathletes, but some more important than others - and that is what this survey is about.

Below are the results of how important people think each of these factors are to the success of decathlon. You can read a more detailed description of the factors.

Results

Factors of Success Rating Results
Body Size and Composition Body size includes height, lengths and girths. Composition refers to the distribution of muscle and fat in the body.
Aerobic Endurance also known as cardiovascular fitness and stamina, is the ability to exercise continuously for extended periods without tiring
Strength & Power Strength is the ability to exert a maximal force, and Power is to do this in as short a time as possible, as in accelerating, jumping and throwing implements.
Speed / Quickness the ability to move quickly across the ground or move limbs rapidly to grab or throw
Flexibility the capacity of a joint to move through its full range of motion, which is important for execution of the techniques of sports
Agility the ability to quickly change body position or direction of the body
Balance & Coordination the ability to stay upright or stay in control of body movement is an important component of many sports skills
Reaction Time the ability to respond quickly to a stimulus
Analytic & Tactical Ability the ability of the mental system to evaluate and react to strategic situations (tactical ability)
Motivation & Self Confidence a motivated and focused athlete, with a level of belief in themselves, often seen as arrogance in athletes
Coping with Pressure Situations the ability to stay focused and perform up to expectations while under increasing pressure, and under changing conditions
Skill and Technique the specific skill set and technique required to be successful in a particular sport.

Experts Required: Do you have a high level of knowledge of the requirements of this sport? We are looking at getting your expert opinion on the above factors - see here.

Disclaimer: These polls are not scientific and reflect only the opinion of visitors to this website who have chosen to participate.

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