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An Upper Extremity Active Dynamic Warm-Up for Sport Participation

Naperalsky, Michael E MS, CSCS1; Anderson, John-Henry DPT, CSCS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318231f53d
Article
Abstract

THE USE OF ACTIVE DYNAMIC WARM-UPS (ADWUs) BEFORE EXERCISE HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY POPULAR FOR ATHLETES AND COACHES BEFORE SPORT ACTIVITY. DYNAMIC WARM-UPS PREPARE THE BODY FOR EXERCISE AND HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO HELP PREVENT INJURY AND IMPROVE PERFORMANCE. MANY WARM-UPS, HOWEVER, NEGLECT THE EXTENSIVE USE OF THE UPPER BODY AND TRUNK THAT ARE INHERENT TO MANY SPORTS. THIS ARTICLE EXPLAINS THE IMPORTANCE OF INCLUDING UPPER-BODY WARM-UP EXERCISES AND PROPOSES AN UPPER EXTREMITY ADWU PROTOCOL FOR INDIVIDUALS BEFORE SPORT PARTICIPATION.

Author Information

1US Ski and Snowboard Association, Park City, Utah; and 2G2 Sports Therapy, Sammamish, Washington

Michael E. Naperalsky is a strength & conditioning coach at the US Ski and Snowboard Association.

John-Henry Anderson is a board-certified sports physical therapist at the G2 Sports Therapy.

© 2012 National Strength and Conditioning Association