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.
Christensen, Bryan; Bond, Colin W.; Napoli, Ryan; Lopez, Kelly; Miller, Jason; and Hackney, Kyle J.
"The Effect of Static Stretching, Mini-Band Warm-Ups, Medicine-Ball Warm-Ups, and a Light Jogging Warm-Up on Common Athletic Ability Tests,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 13
4, Pages 298 - 311.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol13/iss4/7