Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Effect of Warm-Up Exercises With or Without Static or Dynamic Stretching, on Squat Jump Performance

Effect of Warm-Up Exercises With or Without Static or Dynamic Stretching, on Squat Jump Performance

Warming up prior to training, game-play or competition is practiced regularly by athletes and other physically active individuals. Generally, the warm-up (W-U) consists of a 5-10 minute combination of whole body rhythmic movements, usually progressing to more specific muscle/joint isolation exercises. Various forms of stretching are often also included. Their purpose is to improve flexibility and performance, and reduce the likelihood of injuries. However, there is conflicting evidence as to whether static stretching specifically, had beneficial, null or negative effects on performance, particularly in vertical jump tests like the squat jump. Evidence on injury reduction has also been conflicting.

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