Warm Up For Faster Sprints

Warm Up For Faster Sprints All-out runs down the field don't take a lot of time, but the effort can dramatically stress your joints and muscle ligaments. To reduce injury risk and optimize performance, many team sports athletes incorporate stretching and acceleration runs into their warm up routine. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research investigates whether adding functional exercise can produce even better results.

Researchers had 121 elite soccer players aged 13 to 18 warm up with 5 minutes of stretching, non-specific running and coordination movements, and again later on incorporating functional exercise into the routine. 30 meter all-out sprints and 10 meter change-of-direction drills revealed no significant performance advantages between warm ups.

True Strength Moment: Since the addition of functional exercise didn't offer any significant performance improvements, warming up the way you're most comfortable remains the best choice. The only option not recommended is no warm up at all. Pre-workout suggestions for upping leg press 1RM can be found on today's Performance Blog at ABBperformance.com
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