January, the month of the Australian Open! As a fan of tennis myself and being a coach for over 9 years, players often ask me why it is necessary to warm up.
A warm up routine, improves coordination between mind and muscle intention. In Sports Science, Altavilla et al. discuss this in considerable detail (link below), explaining that warm up exercises prepare the body to perform optimally, much like warming up a car. In their studies, they noted that there was an improved general glide and function of muscles and joints, therefore reducing the chances of muscle or joint injury.
There are certain types of warm-ups suited for different workouts, based on your sport intensity level, age, body type, previous injuries and fitness level. All of these factors play a part in determining what your body needs in a warm up to perform effectively and minimise the chances of injury.
As a chiropractor, we work closely with many athletes; from committed professionals, to those who simply enjoy a good workout. We tailor individual programs to ingrain proper movement patterns giving your body the optimal environment to increase function which allows you to perform and compete for many years to come.
As we enter a new year, so do our promises to ourselves to exercise more, lose weight and get healthier overall.
Before you dive into your next workout and to ensure you are warming up effectively, swing by us for an assessment. We will provide you with a personalized program of warm up exercises for your body type & sports interest.
15th Jan 2021
PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF WARM-UP AND PROBLEMS RELATED TO TEAM SPORTS Gaetano Altavilla, Alfredo Di Tore and Tiziana D’Isanto