Having strong chest muscles can help you push away the competition in sports. The chest muscles help to extend the arms to push things away so activities in sports that are push related heavily involve the chest. The different sports that require muscular strength and or endurance in the chest will probably surprise you.
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The constant pushing, blocking and jockeying for position in football requires you to have strong chest muscles. Strength coach Fred Hatfield says that having a strong chest and shoulders will help performance on the gridiron. Football players use their chest muscles when blocking or pushing their opponent and defensive players do the same when they try to get away or get off a block. In addition, defensive players also use the chest muscles heavily when they make tackles because not only do they push and grab but defenders wrap up the offensive player to tackle. The chest is also involved in the throwing motion of the quarterback and with ball carriers carrying the football.
Baseball players need strength and endurance in the chest to complete the tasks of hitting the ball and throwing the ball. The chest muscle is a supporting muscle, but it is involved in the overhand throwing motion in baseball. The motion especially for pitchers is more endurance related, but strength certainly helps a player to throw the ball harder. Chest strength is vital for hitters in baseball, because hitters must forcefully extend their arms to hit the ball hard and far. The chest is the largest muscle involved in the swing and to an extent chest muscle endurance is important during the swing, especially toward the end of a game or a long extended practice.
According to the Stretching Institute, chest flexibility and strength is important in swimming. All swimming strokes involve the chest muscles which help to extend the arms. Strokes like the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke are all fueled by the chest muscles. Strength in the chest is important to help an athlete swim faster, but in swimming chest muscle endurance is even more important. Swim races can last for minutes at a time so the strongest athlete might start out in front, but endurance becomes the key in order to win the race.
Any rowing sport such as kayaking, canoeing or competitive rowing requires chest strength and endurance. The chest muscles are heavily involved in the rowing action by pushing the oar into the water during the arm extension portion of the row. Over short rowing distance, chest strength can definitely help you row faster. However over a longer distance strength will wear out and endurance in the chest muscles will enable you to row for miles at a time.