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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31824f175e
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Integrating Balance and Postural Stability Exercises into the Functional Warm-up for Youth Athletes

Bird, Stephen P. PhD, CSCS1,2; Stuart, Will CSCS1,2

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SUMMARY: THE GOAL OF THE FUNCTIONAL WARM-UP IS TO STIMULATE SENSORY AND MOTOR COMPONENTS RELATED TO PREPARATORY (FEED-FORWARD) AND REACTIVE (FEED-BACK) SYSTEMS THROUGH FUNCTIONALLY INTEGRATED MOVEMENT PATTERNS. THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS BALANCE AND POSTURAL STABILITY EXERCISES THAT ARE EASILY IMPLEMENTED INTO THE FUNCTIONAL WARM-UP AS A MOVEMENT PREPARATION STRATEGY FOR YOUTH ATHLETES.

© 2012 National Strength and Conditioning Association

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