Psychological and physiology benefits of warming up and cooling down

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Benefits of a warm up

  • An appropiate warm up will result in an increased performance level
  • Also results in an increased speed of contraction and relaxation of warmed muscles
  • Dynamic exercises reduce muscle stiffness
  • A specific warm up can facilitate motor unit recruitment required in subsequent all out activity
  • Increased blood flow through active tissues, increasing muscle temperatures - this allows likelihood of overstretching to reduce
  • Allows the heart rate get to a workable rate for beginning exercise
  • Mentally focused on the training or competition
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Benefits of a cool down

  • An appropiate cool down aids in the dissipation of waste products - including lactic acid 
  • It reduces the potential for DOMS 
  • Reduces the chances of dizziness or fainting 
  • Reduces the level of adrenaline in the blood
  • Allows the heart rate to return to its resting rate
  • This does not give their body the proper time to recover or time to restretch those muscles.
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