HOW TO: Warm Up

28 Feb, 2017

At Healthspace Clinics, many patients are referred for physiotherapy for having sustained some sort of injury from their competitive game over the weekend. Time and time again, I hear “I’m too stiff, it’s not like when I was a kid anymore”. As a Physiotherapist, one of the biggest questions I constantly get is – how should I stretch before we play?

Back in the day, people use to hold a stretch for anywhere up to a minute as it helps ‘loosen the muscle’ and get them ready for sport. What we know today, and the current literature suggests otherwise.

A functional dynamic stretching program dependant on you sport is the way to go. Studies show that dynamic, or movement based stretching is a great way to warm up as it not only helps improve range of motion but also improves the power output from those muscles. In stretching a muscle dynamically; i.e with some walking lunges or high knees, you are preparing the muscle to be used in a functional way needed for your sport.

Our highly experienced practitioners here in Healthspace can help tailor a warm up routine specific to your sporting requirement.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us.

 

Isaac Serhan

Physiotherapist

Available for consults Monday - Friday at the Kings Cross & Kingsford clinics

Kings Cross: 02 8354 1534

Kingsford: 02 9663 2151