Fletcher, I. (2010). The effects of pre-competition massage on the kinematic parameters of 20-m sprint performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Champaign: May 2010. Vol. 24, Issue. 5; pg. 1179.
The author examines the effects of 3 different methods of warm ups in sprinting, but specifically focuses on the use of massage. The article presents details of methods applied, consisting of:
1. A pre-competition massage;
2. A traditional warm up;
3. A massage and warm up combined. The study was conducted with 20 volunteer male collegiate sports players. All were volunteers who played sport at least 3 times a week and who undertook regular sprint training as part of their physical preparation. All 20 athletes were tested on 20 metre sprint performances to examine the results. After all 3 methods’ results were analysed, and it was clear that there were no significant differences apparent in any of the 3 approaches. The pre-competition massage results were the slowest results observed.
The results of the study found that massage before sprinting was not found to significantly improve performance and shouldn’t be used as a replacement for a traditional active warm up.
The article is published in a reputable exercise physiology journal of sports sciences, and clearly suggest that there are more productive methods that could be used to enhance sprint performance.
If you must use static stretching in a warm-up it should be immediately followed by a sport-specific dynamic warm-up. (2009). NSCA's Performance Training Journal, 8(6), 4.
The purpose of the study by the author was to examine whether the protocols of the static stretching and dynamic stretching increased the performance of an athlete in the tests created. The article highlighted the importance of warm up in sports and examined if static and dynamic stretching can ensure better results and fewer injuries in specific sports.
The article went into great