The warm-up is a key part of any training or match day preparation. In the child online learning module the warm-up was introduced but as the player develops and grows, a more structured and organised warm-up may be of more benefit to performance. The aim of the warm-up is to prepare the body for the upcoming event.

The main parts of a warm-up include:

  • Increasing the body temperature
  • Activating and mobilising the main muscles and joints that will be used in the game
  • Gradually increasing the intensity of the warm-up.

The warm-up is extremely important but often gets overlooked or rushed to focus on other activities. A well-designed and implemented warm-up sets the tone for the upcoming activity and can reduce the risk of injury. It can also help the player focus and mentally prepare for the game or training ahead.

The stages of the warm-up form the abbreviation R.A.M.P and this is what we need to remember when designing a warm-up; Raise, Activate, Mobilise, Potentiate.