What is your warm-up like before your soccer game? Do you feel mentally and physically prepared? Are you doing the best stretches for your body? Are you executing safe movements?
If your warm-up is inadequate, it can SERIOUSLY increase your risk of injury and negatively affect your performance on the pitch!
If you want to perform at your peak level, you need to incorporate dynamic stretching in your warm-up and warm-down.
In today's blog, find out why I give the professional soccer players dynamic stretches, which stretches are the best before a game and make sure you watch the free warm-ups and try it out for yourself!
What is dynamic stretching?
Dynamic Stretching is a sequence of sport specific movements (in this case, soccer specific movements) that prepare your muscles for the task ahead (game or training). These types of stretches are designed to be done in a safe and controlled way and involve active movements with no long ‘holding’ time. The opposite to dynamic stretching is static stretching where you hold a still stretch for longer amount of time.
Dynamic stretching objectives
Dynamic stretching benefits
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Your perfect dynamic stretching routine
A great pre-soccer warm-up should consist of some light cardio work, dynamic stretching, dynamic exercises and optional foam rolling.
WHEN TO STRETCH?
You should do dynamic stretching prior to any kind of exercise or match. You can also do it when the training or game is over.
10-15 minutes of full body dynamic stretching and light cardio work should be enough to prepare yourself.
HOW MANY REPETITIONS PER EXERCISE?
An important factor is to tune into your body as you warm-up. For example, if you feel extra stiff or sore in certain areas of your body, perhaps this means that you need a bit more time to work out that discomfort.
However, you can base most of your dynamic stretches on 3-10 repetitions - depending on the type of exercise, how much time you have and how your body is feeling.
More dynamic stretching exercises
The Dynamic L
This exercise falls under the category of mobility training and Lucas recommends performing this exercise before an intense training or sport. This is ideal for warming-up abdominals and hips.
The Dynamic L Backwards
This is a more advanced variation of the Dynamic L, which further develops the standard mobility training and provides an ideal back warm-up for those who have a little longer to train.