Why should I warm up?
Warming up prepares you to compete in your sport! It slowly increases your heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow to muscles. Without a proper warm up, you are more likely to sustain injuries and have an increase in muscle soreness after activity. You can also use the warm up as an opportunity to help you focus and mentally prepare for your sport.
What is the difference between dynamic and static warm ups? Which is better?
The difference between dynamic and static is in the name! Dynamic involves movement through many positions, while static is completed in one position.
Dynamic warm ups involve increasing heart rate and moving while stretching. Some exercises you might see in a dynamic warm up include high knees, bottom kicks, open the gate, close the gate, and cone running drills. They typically last about 20 minutes.