Sports Specific Guidance

Some sports have developed their own specific warm-up programmes. The warm-up we teach is generic for all sports but can be replaced by a sport-specific warm-up below.

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Football

Football is a demanding sport for the knees involving frequent jumping/landing and change of direction. By warming-up with the FIFA 11+ programme the player can prepare themselves for the demands of the sport. 

Optimally the programme should be performed as a warm-up at least 2-3 times per week. The program consists of running drills, muscle-activation exercises and then more challenging running drills. These components address potential deficits in the strength and coordination of the stabilising muscles around the knee joint. It is important to use proper technique during all of the exercises (see Do’s and Don’ts of Warm-up Programmes).

Netball

Netball is a demanding sport for the knees involving frequent jumping/landing and change of direction. By warming-up with the PEP (Prevent injury and Enhance Performance) programme the player can prepare themselves for the demands of the sport.

Optimally the program should be performed as a warm-up at least 2-3 times per week. The program consists of warm-up, stretching, strengthening, plyometrics, and sport specific agilities. The stretching component can be performed at the end of the training session. These components address potential deficits in the strength and coordination of the stabilizing muscles around the knee joint.

It is important to use proper technique during all of the exercises (see Do’s and Don’ts of Warm-up Programmes).

Currently UK Netball has no recognized national injury prevention programme but we would recommend using the Warm Up Programme. Australia Netball has sports specific guidance which can be accessed here.

If your club coaches would like to receive free training in this programme please contact us at training@skippcharity.org.

Rugby

Rugby is a popular contact team sport. It involves lots of side-stepping and sudden changes of direction which is demanding on the knees. Regular use of an appropriate injury prevention warm-up program prepares players for the games physical demands and reduces the risk of injury. 

For the program to be effective it should be performed as part of all training sessions and prior to matches (2-3 times a week). The RFU “Activate” program consists of exercises designed to improve functional and core strength, balance and agility. 

It is important to use the correct technique when performing the exercises (see Do’s and Don’ts of Warm-up Programmes).

For more information on the Activate programme please see the England Rugby website.

England Rugby Activate Program

U15s

U16s

U17/18s

Hockey

Currently UK Hockey doesn’t have any guidance so we would recommend using The Warm Up.

Sports Specific Guidance

Basketball

England Basketball have recommended a warm up program to help reduce injuries.