Potential Benefits of Warm-up for Neuromuscular Performance of Older Athletes

Vandervoort, Anthony A.

Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews: April 2009 - Volume 37 - Issue 2 - pp 60-65
doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31819c2f5c
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Demographic trends project increasing numbers of older people to engage in exercise programs and sports. Sustained participation depends on both perceived health outcomes and avoidance of debilitating injuries. This review explores the potential benefits of physiologically based warm-up strategies to alleviate some key age-related decreases in the biomechanical capacity for skilled sport movements.

Schools of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Address for correspondence: Anthony A. Vandervoort, Ph.D., FACSM, Schools of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, Room 1400, Elborn College, 1201 Western Rd, London, Ontario, Canada N6G 1H1 (E-mail: vandervo@uwo.ca).

Accepted for publication: August 13, 2008.

Associate Editor: Joseph Hamill, Ph.D., FACSM

©2009 The American College of Sports Medicine