Often times we hear, ” you should always warm-up before a game” or “did you warm-up properly?” More often than not the answer is “No”
A warm-up activity serves two major purposes—to enhance performance and prevent injury.
- After 10 to 12 minutes of total body exercise, blood flow to the skeletal muscles increases to some 70 to 75 percent and the capillaries open.More blood going to the muscles, along with more oxygen available to the working muscles, means better performance.
- Although difficult to administer on human subjects, old studies on animal subjects determined that injuring a muscle that has gone through a warm-up process required more force and more muscle length than a muscle with no warm-up. This study is in line with the anecdotal data that acute muscle tears occur more often when the muscles are cold or not warmed up.
So the next time you’re running late for training or can’t be bothered to do that extra lap, keep this information in mind. Come into our clinic today and speak to our therapists for an efficient warm-up regime.
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