I recently had the opportunity to speak at the SCSCA (South Carolina’s Chapter of the National Strength and Conditioning Association) annual meeting at the University of South Carolina last week on Dynamic Warm up and Preparing the Athlete for Competition and I just wanted to share a bit of what I touched on.

  1. A proper dynamic warm up has been shown to increase power output in the athlete by up to 20% as opposed to other traditional types of stretching as well as prevent injury.
  2. Static stretching (or “reach and hold”) is to be performed when activities are over and NEVER prior to the game or practice or at half-time!! This has been proven to suppress the nervous system and decrease core temperature and coordination.
  3. We also made or Dynamic Warm up available to everyone who attended. Email me if you are interested in getting it from me and I can send it to you.

I was happy about the turnout and the President of the state chapter, Steve Mannino, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Furman University, did a great job at organizing it. The conference tends to attract many physical therapist, personal trainers and a few local high school strength coaches. The information given by the presenters was very valuable and I only hope more local coaches, not just strength and performance coaches, will attend in the future.