Warm-Up

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Soccer Warm-Up

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A soccer warm-up should not be confused for simply stretching at the beginning of practice. Unlike the “olden days” when most of us soccer coaches grew up, showing up and stretching doesn’t cut the mustard anymore. There are better ways to prepare your players. Utilizing a dynamic approach, a warm-up raises the body temperature, lubricates the joints and readies the player for that day’s soccer drills. A proper warm-up decreases injuries and enhances performance. Warm-ups, while performed as a team, are normally individual exercises.  Many times, a coach can integrate functional agility training into the warm-up and increase the effectiveness of the session. The activities should become routine for every team, so they become accustomed to preparing for that day’s work.

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