By Sally Mirtle, a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Ashtead Hospital, Ramsay Health Care UK.
Sally recommends a general warm up of 5-10 minutes of light cardiovascular exercise such as a fast walk, light jog or gentle cycle. She has also compiled a series of warm up exercises to help prevent injury whilst playing sport:
Stand straight with your feet hip width apart, raise arms to side, keeping elbows extended, slowly rotate arms forward making a circle. Repeat 10 times in each direction.
Place your hands on your hips and circle your hips around, keeping your torso straight. Circle 10 times one way, and 10 times the other way.
Hold on to a support, keeping your torso upright. Gently swing one leg forward and back like a pendulum. Repeat 20 times each leg.
Stand with support if needed and lift one knee to your chest to tap your opposite hand. Alternate knee lifts 20 times on each side.
Stand with your feet hip width apart, bend your knees and lower your bottom a small way as if sitting on a chair, slowly return to start position. Repeat 20 times.
Stand and lean onto a support with your knees straight. Alternate calf pumps, lifting one foot to tip toe and, as you lower down, lift the other leg to tip toe. Repeat 20 times.
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