Warming up before a game is important because it can improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. A proper warm-up should consist of movement rather than just static stretching. A warm-up consisting of general, and hockey specific, exercises should be done 15 – 30 minutes before going on the ice.
What does a warm do for hockey players?
A proper warm-up will increase the player’s core body temperature, muscle temperature, blood flow, and get the muscles and tendons ready for fast, high intensity, contractions. A good indicator that players are warmed up is they will start to sweat, or they will “feel” warm. A proper warm-up can improve performance and reduced the risk of injuries to muscles and tendons.
When a warm-up has movements such as push-ups, crunches, and squats (among other exercises) it can also increase the speed of a contraction. This is because a warm-up, with movement and exercises, “primes” or “awakens” the nervous system. This, in and of itself, is an important aspect of warming up before a game.
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