The effect of static stretching, mini-band warm-ups, medicine-ball warm-ups, and a light jogging warm-up on common athletic ability tests

Bryan Christensen, Colin W. Bond, Ryan Napoli, Kelly Lopez, Jason Miller, Kyle J. Hackney

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Abstract

International Journal of Exercise Science 13(4): 298-311, 2020. Proper warm-up is important for facilitating peak athletic performance and reducing injury risk; yet, warm-up procedures vary considerably amongst coaches and athletes. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of a static stretching, medicine-ball, and mini-band warm-ups relative to a light jogging warm-up only on athletic ability test performance. It was hypothesized that static stretching would negatively affect performance, while medicine-ball and mini-band warm-ups would positively affect performance relative to light jogging only. Twelve female collegiate soccer players (19.3 ± 1.2y, 65.2 ± 7.5kg, 1.67 ± 0.07m) participated in this study. Athletes completed each warm-up protocol and all of the athletic performance tests over four sessions in a semi-randomized, counterbalanced order. An omnibus MANOVA with vertical jump height, medicine ball throw distance, 10m and 20m sprint time, and T-test time as the dependent variables was not significant indicating that warm up did not have an effect on subsequent athletic ability test performance [Wilks’ λ = 0.64, F(15,110) = 1.28, p = 0.23, η2 = 0.14]. Static stretching warm-up did not negatively influence athletic potential compared to mini-band and medicine ball warm-ups, though the most optimal warm-up is likely athlete specific.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-311
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Exercise Science
Volume13
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Athletic performance
  • Medicine ball throw
  • Short sprints
  • Soccer
  • Vertical jump

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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