The warm-up is an important part of any strength training program and sport specific work. It helps reduce the risk of injury, prepares the body for activity, as well as being a great time to implement any corrective exercises for an athlete.
As these athletes get older, we want them to understand the importance of the warm up. The goal should be the following:
- Increasing body temperature
- Improving joint lubrication
- Prepare the nervous system for high intensity work
- Rehearse movement patterns
A good sequence of activity to follow and what we use with our athletes:
- Self-Myofascial Release (foam rolling, Lacrosse ball)
- Correctives (based on athlete’s needs)
- Movement Prep (rehearse movements for that day)
- Nervous System Ramp up (Med balls/Plyometrics)
Own your warm-up. Use this time to physically prepare your body for the session and to get mentally locked in for the task at hand! So, take the extra time to warm-up. It’ll go a long way!
*Guest Post by Wasserman Strength Performance Coach, Matt Horan.