REV the Engine up! Dynamic Warm Up with Basketball

With winter approaching I recently had an early training session at 5am, so 10 minutes before i left I started my old SUV to warm up the engine and get the frost off the windshield. The car just responds so much better with a little warm up before we hit the road.  I look at this as a preventative measure and something that has definitely increased the life span of the car.  I ask athletes all the time are you a “BENZ” or a “Bicycle” warm the car up and be ready to perform.

– Author, Mike Atkinson

He didn't just walk on the court and do this

  • The Dynamic Warm up involves flexibility during sport-specific movements.
  • Dynamic stretching is similar to ballistic stretching in that it utilizes speed of movement, but dynamic stretching avoids bouncing and includes movements specific to a sport or movement pattern.
  • We add the Ball to create a sport specific element.

Athletes that have not mastered the fundamental movement patterns should start without the ball and incorporate as they work through progressions.

About Michael Atkinson

Mike Atkinson,CSCS, is the owner of Elite Pro Performance and the on court performance director at Sierra Strength & Speed. Considered to be a specialist of Keiser performance equipment, Mike is known as a hybrid basketball performance trainer focusing on strength, movement, and basketball fundamentals. Atkinson’s experience and current work with NBA Player Development Specialist Aubrey McCreary has given him a unique set of skills to train players on sports specific patterns and positioning at a professional level. Atkinson’s training experience includes work with numerous NBA draftees, multiple Division 1 athletes, and other professional clients. He has also worked as a performance consultant in the NBA Development League and has directed basketball performance training camps and clinics for youth athletes on the West coast.
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