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ERIC Number: EJ901563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
From Static Stretching to Dynamic Exercises: Changing the Warm-Up Paradigm
Young, Shawna
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v24 n1 p13-17 Sep-Oct 2010
In the United States, pre-exercise static stretching seems to have become common practice and routine. However, research suggests that it is time for a paradigm shift--that pre-exercise static stretching be replaced with dynamic warm-up exercises. Research indicates that a dynamic warm-up elevates body temperature, decreases muscle and joint stiffness, activates the nervous system, and prepares motor units for contraction. In addition to preparing the body for subsequent activity, a vigorous dynamic warm-up routine can also have a positive effect on several components of fitness, such as cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. These components of fitness are considered to be of high importance in relation to overall health. This article presents an example of a 12-minute dynamic warm-up routine that can be incorporated into the first segment of a 35-minute physical education lesson. In this example routine, the first 10 minutes are dedicated to a general dynamic warm-up and the last two minutes are dedicated to a specific dynamic warm-up. (Contains 15 photos.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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