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🔥 The Warm-Up Series: Part - 1 🔥

Yash kaushik
Yash kaushik
🔹How important is it to warm-up before exercise?

Warm-ups are an integral part of a training session and are a widely accepted practice by coaches around the world because of its positive effects on athletes, both physiologically and psychologically. But, Is it really important to focus on the warm-up routines as an important aspect of training? And how big of an impact it can have on performance and growth? Well, this series of articles focuses on answering all of the above.

🔹Physiological and Psychological effects (1)

Warm-ups have a number of physiological effects that can increase performance. These responses can be further classified into two categories - temperature related and non-temperature related. 
Temperature related effects involve an increase in muscle temperature, core body temperature, and enhanced neural functions. Non-temperature related effects involve Increase blood flow, the elevation of baseline Oxygen consumption (VO2) and post-activation potentiation.

A warm-up that is dynamic, engaging, and specific to performance may not only provide a physiological benefit but also enhance psychological readiness (i.e., focus, attention, and improved performance. (Faigenbaum 2012). (2)

🔹Ref: 1. Bishop, D. Warm-up. Potential mechanisms and the effects of passive
warm-up on performance. Sports Med 33:439-454, 2003.
2. Hoffman, J. Physiological Aspects of Sports Training and Performance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 156, 2002.

Next - Part - 2 (Components of warm-up) 🤓