A warm-up is a session which takes place prior to doing physical activity; usually a warm-up will consist of light cardiovascular exercises combined with dynamic stretches.
The warm-up should gently prepare the body for exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. On our website we will only show dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching is a technique gaining in popularity due to recent studies which show that traditional static stretching techniques do little to increase flexibility or reduce injury when performed before a workout. In fact, many studies show that static stretches actually have a detrimental effect on explosive movements and strength output. At a coaching training session I remember a quote: "If I see another team static stretching before a game I know we are going to win" - Jim Radcliffe Oregon Ducks Strength and Conditioning Coach
By dynamically stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries. The warm-up is also a good opportunity for an individual to prepare themselves mentally for the game ahead and for a team to work together prior to the start of the game. Warm-ups can also be used to practice skills and drills.
Warm Up Drills:
This is a good warm up drill for experenced
players designed aged u16-18
Round the Pitch
A simple warm up that is good
for younger players
Pass the Buck
A easy to use warmup drill
that is good pre-game