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.
1School of Human Movement Studies, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
2Strength and Conditioning Internship Program, Western Region Academy of Sport, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
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Stephen P. Bird is a senior lecturer in the School of Human Movement Studies, Charles Sturt University, and Coordinator of the Western Region Academy of Sport Strength and Conditioning Internship Program.
Will Stuart is a Strength and Conditioning Intern at the Western Region Academy of Sport. He has a BExSc in Rehabilitation from Charles Sturt University.