According to recent evidence, dynamic warm ups are best to perform before physical activity. Static stretching still has a place, though! Static stretching is great to complete after physical activity while your muscles are still warm. Don’t just run into the car right after playing a game! Make sure to stretch out so your muscles have time to cool down and lengthen before being cramped into one position.
Is there a difference between pre-game and pre-practice warm ups?
Nope! They should both be dynamic warm ups that prepare you for your sport. You should be playing just as hard in practice as you do during games, right? Prepare your body correctly for both. It is also a good idea to add strength training into your practice warm up. Refer to the FIFA 11+ link to check out the strengthening portion of their warm up. Strength training should not be done during a pre-game warm up.
Should I warm up again at half time?
Yes, you should warm up again at half time. Research shows that muscle temperature decreases at half time. This is important: the decrease in muscle temperature is correlated with a lower sprint capacity at the start of the next half. Completing some low-level activities before starting the second half can help keep your muscles warm and maintain the sprint performance you had in the first half! Part of half time should be to recover, listen to your coach, and take some sips of water. The other part of half time should be an abbreviated warm up to get your heart rate and blood flow back up for the rest of the game. You don’t have to repeat the full warm up that you did before the game, but it’s a good idea to do a fast paced jog, hip in, hip out, circling your partner, jumping shoulder to partner’s shoulder, forward sprints, and backward sprints. And of course, grab a ball and pass for a minute.
This also includes if you are a substitute and about to go in a game. Make sure to perform your warm up if you’ve been waiting to get into the game.
What kind of warm up should I do?
The FIFA 11+ is one of the best evidence dynamic warm up programs designed for soccer players over the age of 14. The FIFA 11 was developed in 2003, implemented nationwide 2004-2008, and revised in 2006 to become the 11+. The link is provided at the end of this blog post.
What should I do if my coach is providing an inadequate warm up?
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