Importance of dynamic warm up & cool down - Balanced Movement Studio

Importance of dynamic warm up & cool down

Brian Beatty, PT, CFP

Why Warm Up?  

  • To prepare the body and nervous system for the desired activity
    gradually increase heart rate
  • Prepare the muscles and tendons
  • Lubricate the joints
  • Wake up the nervous system (coordination) to do the desired activities

What Needs to be in a warm up?

  • Match the warm up movements to the patterns of movement in upcoming exercise.
  • Include full ranges of motion through all of the primary muscle groups and joints used in the upcoming exercise.
  • Increase the complexity of the warm up movements to build to match the complexity of the upcoming exercise.
  • Should feel physically warmed up and have an increased heart rate when done.

Why Cool Down?

  • Allow gradual return of heart rate
  • Reset the balance of tension in the muscles and tendons
  • Lubricate the joints through all ranges of motion, not just what you used in your exercise

What needs to be in a cool down?

  • Movements that take the primary muscles and joints used in an exercise carefully through their full ranges of motion
  • A repeatable pattern so that one can notice any changes from their normal response to exercise and address those changes before they turn into injuries.

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Jordan Stafford
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posted 11 months ago

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