WARM UP to Increase Performance and Reduce Injury Risk
It’s very important to incorporate an adequate warm up for your youth athlete to get the most of out their training session or perform their best in competition.
Not only with this help prepare them to play their best, but it is a crucial part of preventing injuries and soreness from training or competition.
How does it do that?
They call it a warm up because that’s exactly what it does. It helps increase the blood flow and temperature of the body. It also better prepares it for an increase in activity and stress.
In doing so this helps to reduce muscle stiffness and allow them to be more flexible and adaptable. Because of this it reduces the chances that something like a muscle strain will occur as well as result in less soreness after strenuous exercise.
Another great thing about a proper warm up is that it prepares the nervous system for an increase in activity. By warming up it enhances the connection between the brain and the body which will help your athlete move better when it counts the most.
What does a good warm up look like?
A good warm up will include any sort of activity that will allow an increased heart rate. So, things as simple as jogging or riding a bike work well for this. But what’s even more important is to incorporate the use of the muscles that will be stressed during the activity.
This means things like different forms of skipping, light jumping, or maybe even crawling, and other movements that stimulate the muscles and tissues that will be used during the game or training session.
Of course, this may be different for each sport, but a good rule of thumb is to make sure and include movements that move the body through full ranges of motion and provide a good dynamic stretch to the tissues.
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