Known as “plyometrics,” the jumps in this warm-up drill produce quick, powerful movement using a “stretch reflex”. A stretch reflex occurs when a muscle lengthens (stretches) and immediately shortens. The reflex action occurs when the muscle changes from the lengthening to the shortening action. Using this warm-up drill is a great way to prepare muscles for the vigours ahead.
Star jump warm-up drill
Stand, feet close together, arms by the side of the body.
Commence star jump action.
Get your players to clap their hands above their head as they jump with legs apart.
Ground contact should be on the balls of the feet.
In this warm-up drill, complete three sets of 15 repetitions and rest for 60 seconds between sets.
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