GUESS WHO’S BACK, BACK AGAIN…..
A few weeks into a new season of footy or netball and feeling those niggles? You’re not alone! The start of the sports season is one of the most common times for injuries to occur (even if you’ve played before). New activities + new load on the body + new stressors = new potential injuries.
What does your warm up look like before training and game days? Are you doing a collection of static stretches? Or are you doing functional movements and dynamic stretches to prepare for increased movement and activity?
When you see cameras in the change rooms before televised sports, you never see the players standing still and doing a quad stretch. It’s all about running and moving and dynamic stretching.
So what is dynamic stretching? It is activity or exercise specific stretching that covers the movement patterns involved in the sport you are about to play.
Here are our tips for your dynamic stretching warm up:
- Include all muscle groups that will be used
- Full range of movement
- Starts from the joint’s neutral position
- Slow movement of the limb through to its end range
- Slowly return limb to the neutral position
- Gradual increase in intensity over time to suit type of activity
Current evidence suggests that during warm up is the best time for dynamic stretching in order to maximize performance. Add it in to your pre-game routine and see if you can feel the difference!
Ready to take your game to the next level? Now is a great time to pop in and see one of our friendly chiropractors or myotherapists to make sure you are in tip-top shape for game day.
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