Author: Yves Gege
Warming up is an essential part of sport. If we don’t warm up properly, we won’t train or play effectively, and our risk of injury increases. The question has never been about IF we should warm up, but specifically HOW, and for HOW LONG? What should kids be doing before a practice and a game to optimize their performance, and reduce their injury risk? These are the questions every coach and parent have swimming around their heads when they watch their kids take off on the field, ready to play.
Warm ups do not have to be extremely long to be effective. Kids don’t need to spend 30 minutes prepping to play, but they do need to use 10 minutes effectively.
Running up and down the field, or a lap or two. Any type of aerobic activity to get them breathing a little heavier: jumping jacks, relay race, make it...