Stretching during practice has been a topic of debate in athletics for a number of years. Coaches and trainers have made arguments for static and dynamic stretching, as well as the use of resistance bands. So, which one is right?
The answer is that they are all correct, it just depends on what you are trying to accomplish. A few years back, our team decided to change warming up from an activity that lacked purpose and direction into a speed-development exercise.
The results were great. We saw a dramatic decrease in pulls and strains that season and our athletes saw a purpose for this part of practice. We only had one player pull a muscle during practice or games the entire season.
Here is a breakdown of each of the three parts of our pre-practice warm-up:
Check out these different sections and let us know what you think. What do you like about it? What is it missing?
Coach Nichols has coached football at nearly every level from middle school to college. He is currently Wide Receivers Coach at Hope College in Holland, Mich. Over his career, he has developed a reputation as an innovator and teacher of the game. He also runs the company Full Throttle Online, its goal to share the best of football blogging and free coaching resources with coaches around the world.