Volume IV, 2004
Dr. Christopher Joyce
Very little research has assessed the effect of warm-up on postural control. The only related literature found pertained to rigorous activity and sensory processes. This type of activity increases the rate of reaction to perturbations of muscle length.14 Also, an increase in core temperature caused by activity influences the velocity of muscle shortening.15 Warming up prior to activity is a universally accepted method to prevent injuries. 16 Intense activity increases the rate of reaction to perturbations of muscle length and influences kinesthetic sensation. This raises the question if this neuromuscular effect can be replicated by measuring postural sway after a short activity.
Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine if a 10-minute warm-up improves postural control in subjects with a functionally unstable ankle.
Cadogan, Kristin Dawn, "The Effects of a 10-Minute Warm-up on Postural Control in Subjects with Functional Ankle Instability" (2004). All Volumes (2001-2008). Paper 80.