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Get warm by starting a relaxed jog around the court. This is a great way to loosen up the muscles and get everyone a bit more supple. Also for people with achy muscles, it’s a great way to ease into it which means less moaning when you get the real training going!
This is really useful to get a quick update with everyone too or talk about club news/fixtures etc.
As it sounds, you all face each other in the shape of a circle whilst stretching out. Coaches should also ask about any injuries to be aware of at this point – injuries should be catered for as some stretches/exercises are not suitable. This is my favourite part of warm-up (probably because I get to chat a lot :p)
Roll out the ankles – one way then the other
Hamstrings – sitting chair
*Note: If you can’t touch your toes then rest your hands on your knee, as long as you feel the stretch*
Vary this by taking a wider stance, keeping your heel to the floor and being free standing to then combine with the shoulder stretch.
*Note: Try not to bend the elbow or pull too far across your body, stand firm and tall*
*Notes: keep your bum tucked under your spine in this with a straight back to avoid injury. Doing this freestanding works more of your core muscles, if you are struggling with balance then focus on an un-moving spot*
Lastly Roll out your wrists side to side and shake it all about (not quite the oaky cokey but still)
Arm Circles – rotating arms in a controlled movement clockwise and then anti-clockwise
Variation: “The windmill” – moving both arms at the same time in opposite directions (this can be difficult for the un-coordinated so have patience)
Walking Lunges – Walking a couple of steps and then stepping forward and bending at the knee (making sure the knee doesn’t extend past the toes). Attempting to go down and make a 90-degree angle (or if that’s not possible as low as you can go whilst keeping good form)
Knee High Walks
Walking the width of the court, lift your knees one at a time to your chest. Take it slowly.
Variation: Pick up speed and transition into knee high jogging
Walking, lift your knee in front of you to form a right angle, then turn it sideways, out and back down. Repeat
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