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HOW TO: Warm Up

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

Author: Isaac Serhan

Isaac Serhan is a Physiotherapist at our Potts Point and Kingsford clinics. He has a main interest in the treatment of sporting and chronic injuries. He can be contacted on 8354 1534.

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