A little scenario for you. Go back to being 8 years old. Some of you ‘university guys’ will disagree with me, but you’re 8 years old and your three friends knock on your door, happened regularly, might be more than 3 if you were popular. “Mum can I go out?” “Yes, off you go!” You go play football. Look these 3 have done the same. He’s doing an overhead kick on concrete, fantastic! Not allowed to do that though, are we? Are we allowed to do that? No, can’t do that. This guy is watching him and thinking “I’ve never done that before, I’m going to learn off that”. The other guy “wow, look at that. I’m going in goal”. I don’t know what game they are playing. Probably Volley’s and chucking it around and whatever else. And that is in Argentina!
I reckon that they didn’t give it all this [mimics stretching and warming up] before they played, do you?
They didn’t get injured, probably. Probably the third time that they played during that day.
Do you really need to warm up? Even adults, you don’t need to warm up! Same applies really, can you just play the game? If you’re going to play the game, why do you need to warm up to play the game even if you can just play the game? It doesn’t make sense! BUT lots of people have made a lot of money writing books about it over the years. Lots of people are still arguing with me about it but that’s fine. I’ll argue against that. I might be the 1% but for me, I’ve never done a warm up session in 15 years with kids and never had a muscular injury. I’ve had injuries but they have generally been tackles, heads against the wall, falling over…whatever. That’s nothing to do with warming up.
Some people say to me “could you send some ideas for warm ups? A dribbling warm up?” No, that’s dribbling. Why is it a warm up? It’s part of the game. So, just play a game.
Street football. So, when you were kids, you didn’t warm up. When you went to ride your bike you didn’t go and stretch off before riding, did you? You rode your bike, you shoved it on the floor then went and climbed a wall, then you jumped off then you went to the park, you went on the swings. That’s still physical activity. Then you came off, then you went for your dinner, then you went back out again and you played football. Never warmed up!
Then you go to the coach and “you’ve got to do all this” [mimics warming up] and they still do that don’t they? Static stretching. Still do that. Got to do lunges. Why? Doesn’t do anything? Might weaken you if anything. Might knacker you before you start playing.