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Swanson John R. MAEd MSEd CSCS *D; USAW
Strength and Conditioning Journal: October 2006
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The warm-up is a key component in the workout or competition schedule. A well-designed warm-up will prepare the athlete physically and mentally for the intense movement associated with training or competition. Recent research suggests that a flexibility-centered warm-up may not be the most effective way to prepare the athlete for movement or to develop long-term soft tissue adaptations. The purpose of this paper is to present a functional approach to preparing athletes for movement and to developing long-term soft tissue adaptations that improve range of motion, enhance performance, and promote recovery.

John R. Swanson is the strength and conditioning coach at Grand Island Senior High School.

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