Why Warm Up?

Your body is a very economical machine.  It gives the least possible effort to stay alive so imagine how rude you are when you suddenly ask it to exert into a full on sprint.  The body says “no way” and gets all flustered.  Muscle start working against each other and next you have torn or detached something of importance. Full stop.

So gently coach your body into activity.  A jog around the track will start the oxygen (fuel) flowing into the muscles and sinovial fluid (lubrication) flows into your joints.  Start moving your joints through a greater range of movement with some dynamic stretches or drills.  The drills will vary according to your sporting needs and can be either flexibility or skill centered, depending on your day’s program.

I will discuss drills and their importance to skill learning in a later blog.

Obviously the warm up, although a bit boring, is necessary for preventing injuries and obtaining a high skill level.

How then, in an emergency, can we get away with violent movement without suffering injury?  It all comes down to arousal and adrenalin.  Not a guarantee of being injury free, so don’t give yourself a fright and expect to get out of the warm up.

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