Saturday, May 10, 2014

Warm-up is essential

The debate between warm-up type and order with athletic performance has been going on for a while now. Although there are many variations, the most common routines involve a low-intensity aerobic exercise followed by static stretching. However, recent research has suggested that it is not the ideal procedure to follow before a need for athletic performance. Warm-up routines play a large role in muscular performance during sports. Stretching has several physiological effects on the body. Research has shown that differences in warm-up routines affect muscle function, flexibility, and chance of injury. Therefore; a dynamic warm-up has been advocated as a pre-exercise routine. Recent research suggests that a flexibility-centered warm-up may not be the most effective way to prepare the athlete for movement or to develop long-term soft tissue adaptations.

A warm-up is essential before physical activity. The purpose of a warm-up is to increase the body core temperature, heart rate, and blood flow, and decrease the viscosity of connective tissue, increasing muscular performance and enhancing psychological performances. Most individuals involved in sports do a warm-up just because it is what they think they are supposed to do, however, most people do not know the reasoning behind it. It prepares the athlete not only physiologically, but mentally as well.