Chlorine Chronicle (Archive)NMSC Oct/99 Newsletter
The first local meet is coming up next month and an important part of that is the warm-up before the races start.
The benefits of the warm-up include the following:
- It increases body temperature and pulse rate. This dilates the blood vessels in the muscles, which takes the body from the "resting state" to the physical level needed to race.
- It loosens the muscles and increases flexibility.
- It familiarizes the swimmer with the pool conditions in which the race will take place.
- The swimmer gets into a stroke pattern and feels out the needed pace for the race.
- Muscle fatigue occurs later in the race after a proper warm-up.
- A muscle that is warmed up and stretched is less likely to suffer an injury.
- Warm-up gives a sense of well being.
After warming up a swimmer should stay warm and wear dry clothing. Just before the race starts the swimmer should stand up and become active by walking around and doing light stretching exercises.