Integrating Balance and Postural Stability Exercises into the Functional Warm-up for Youth Athletes


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Abstract

SUMMARYTHE GOAL OF THE FUNCTIONAL WARM-UP IS TO STIMULATE SENSORY AND MOTOR COMPONENTS RELATED TO PREPARATORY (FEED-FORWARD) AND REACTIVE (FEED-BACK) SYSTEMS THROUGH FUNCTIONALLY INTEGRATED MOVEMENT PATTERNS. THIS ARTICLE PRESENTS BALANCE AND POSTURAL STABILITY EXERCISES THAT ARE EASILY IMPLEMENTED INTO THE FUNCTIONAL WARM-UP AS A MOVEMENT PREPARATION STRATEGY FOR YOUTH ATHLETES.

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