Warm Up & Stretch
To stay safe and get the most out of your pickleball game, you must always include a pre-workout
warm-up before you begin.
During a game we can all go from zero to hero and push hard but the safe way to train is to bring
the body’s temperature up slowly and loosen up the muscles before we get to do anything serious.
That’s what warm-ups are designed to do. Stretching, on the other hand, is done in order to improve
overall flexibility. Once muscles have worked they are at their most compliant state and they let us
stretch further than we normally would gaining more ground while we are at it.
Warmups are critical to a better performance and fewer injuries - we can do it, we should do it but not doing it will not cause any issues, most times. It is advisable nonetheless.
Warm-ups should always be dynamic, always use active exercises (e.g., hops, rotations, chest expansions) to get our bodies ready. We need to get the blood flowing, especially during colder seasons.
Our bodies benefit from stretches after we have already worked out - our muscles are more susceptible to them allowing us to stretch further and hold the stretches longer.
The temperature of when and where you workout plays a difference. In winter our body keeps most of the blood flow away from our extremities so warming up will take longer. In summer with higher ambient temperatures, the body is already half-warmed up and our muscles are loose.
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You might also like to read about some literature regarding injury prevention.