THE IMPORTANCE OF WARMING UP
The warm-up is the first crucial step an athlete must take before competition, practice or training.
Athletes often do not take the necessary time to complete a thorough warm-up before these events. Lack of time or boredom with the process is cited as a reason for not wanting to participate in this most important task.
What is sometimes forgotten is that in order to prepare the body both physically and mentally, a well constructed warm-up is essential. An appropriate warm-up may result in:
Increased range of motion
Increased body and muscle temperature:
Helps decrease muscle stiffness and lessen the risk of injury
Increase muscle blood flow through tissue
Increase speed of nervous impulses
3. Improved coordination and reaction times
4. Mental preparation for the upcoming training and/or match
Remember, a warm-up is no different than the heart of your training program. It should be changed and adjusted in order to address your needs and to stave off boredom.