Monday, August 25, 2014

Warm It UP!

Creating a Warm-Up Routine to Prepare the Body for Physical Activity

Oi Gente!

As we get ready to begin our next activity unit, making sure our bodies are prepared for physical activity is important to reduce the risk of injury. According to Andrew Clark, Vice President of Education at Twist Conditioning Inc., a dynamic warm-up teaches and reinforces movement skills and mechanics to help the athlete produce and absorb force in an effective manner.

When creating your warm-up routine for PE, does your warm-routine do the following?
  • Increase heart rate
  • Increase core body temperature
  • Fire up the nervous system so messages from brain to muscle transmit quickly and efficiently (agility, reaction time)
  • Prepare the body to handle quick decelerating movement
  • Increase muscle length (flexibility)
  • Activate your core muscles
  • Include multidirectional movement common to the activity about to be played

Making Connections

I wonder, how could you connect your warm-up routine to the physical fitness components?
  • Muscular Endurance - ability sustain or repeat series of muscular contractions without tiring
  • Muscular Strength - ability to carry out work against a resistance
  • Power - ability to produce explosive force
  • Speed - ability to move the body rapidly
  • Agility - ability to quickly change body position
  • Flexibility - range of motion of body parts (important for execution of techniques in sports)
  • Balance and Coordination - ability to stay in control of body movement
  • Cardiovascular Endurance (aerobic fitness) - ability to sustain physical activity continuously

Use the physical fitness components to help guide the planning of your warm-up routine. Also, keep in mind the following enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on fitness: 

Enduring Understanding
  • People’s decisions and actions affect their level of fitness, and in turn, impacts their health

Essential Questions
  • What is fitness?
  • How can you maintain physical activity for lifelong health?
  • What is our responsibility regarding our fitness and health?


The following resources provide useful information to help guide you in this process. Remember, you are not limited to the sources listed below:

The warm-up routine checklist is shared in our folder for PE. Please use this document to help organize your ideas. This document will be handed in to me the day you present.


Your self-assessment will fall under Lifelong Skills: Safety. This rubric is shared in our folder for PE. Please use this document to help guide your progress.

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