The warm-up is the first component of any athletic development/strength and conditioning high performance program. A warm-up should be designed to increase body temperature, increase blood flow to working muscles, activate muscle groups, stimulate the nervous system, and increase joint mobility. Performing the warm-up correctly prepares the athlete for success while decreasing the potential for injury when moving to the next component of the training session. Warm-ups should be specific to the training session or sessions being performed.
Dynamic warm-ups consist of multi-joint, multi-muscle movements that are functional, similar to sport movements, and extend the dynamic range of motion of joints. In addition to the physiological responses noted above, dynamic warm-ups help to prepare for flexibility necessary to perform sport skills, require balance and coordination, and increase concentration levels.
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