The Benefits of a Warm-Up

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hi I’m Phil Newton from IJJA Training Solutions and today I wanted to have a brief chat with you about the importance of warm ups.

If you run a sports club you have probably got frustrated when students turn up late for their training session.  Like me, you will appreciate that parents do a lot of running around and it is sometimes hard to juggle the social activities of their children.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”5447″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border”][vc_column_text]At the IJJA our students take part in our Young Leader programme.  Level 1 is based on the importance of warm-ups, cool downs and how to play group games safely.

A warm up doesn’t just help prevent injuries and loosen the muscles ready for exercise but it helps to focus the body and mind for the activity ahead.

Jiu-Jitsu like other forms of martial arts and sports teach children life skills.  Not only do we help improve self-confidence and discipline but time keeping is also essential.  I always use the example that if a child was repeatedly late to classes at school or an employee was constantly late to work then they would get detention or disciplined respectively.

So why am I telling you this?  The other night whilst I was teaching a lesson I had 7 students turn up late.  Not only does the cause disruption to a lesson but it means that the late students either have to do their own warm up or join in half way through which as we know increases the risk of injury.

As an Instructor I am bound by UK laws.  The Health and Safety at Work Act states that where it is reasonably practicable I must ensure the health, safety and welfare or not only employees but also visitors to our centre which obviously includes our martial arts students.

If I child was to get injured whilst I was dealing with late students and parents then I would be classed as negligent as a coach.  I could then face the possibility of civil and criminal prosecution which if found guilty could quite easily close down a sports club.

IJJA training solutions will always put the health, safety and welfare of its students and other visitors first as we want everyone to feel safe all the time.

So remember, turning up on time and participating in a warm-up is vital to the health and safety of everyone as it doesn’t only put the late student at risk but also other students and the instructor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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