Netball Warm Up

Warming up doesn’t need to be hard or a hassle. But you need to warm up before a game of netball, because if you don’t you could end up injuring yourself.

To start off, go for a light jog around the court.

Now for the stretches: start from your toes to your head.

Draw circles clock-wise and anti-clockwise with your toes. Do this 4 times.

Point your toes out straight for 5 seconds and then put your heel in the air with for 5 seconds. Do this three times on each foot.

Calf muscles: position one foot out in front of you. The other foot behind you, press your front foot forward into the ground to stretch your calve. You know you are doing it right when you can feel pressure on your calves. Do not stretch too hard or you could injure yourself. Swap over to the other foot and stretch out the other calf. Stretch each calf for 10 seconds.

Hamstring/thigh muscles: get your balance by holding on to something steady, bring on leg up behind you so you are holding your foot up to your bottom. Hold for 10 seconds. You will feel the pressure in your thigh muscles. Do the other leg.

Sitting on the ground, stretch your legs out, so you make a “V” with your legs. Reach out to your toes on each leg. You can feel pressure on your hamstring muscles under you leg. Do this for 10 seconds on each leg.

Alternatively you can sit legs out in front of you and reach out to your toes.

Stand with legs apart. Bend sideways with your arms up stretching your inside legs. Count to 10 and bend the opposite side.

Shake out your legs and feet.

Next work the upper half of the body.

Stretch your arms up to the sky, for 5 seconds.

Pull one arm across your chest and hold your elbow, stretching your shoulder muscles. Count to 10 and stretch the other arm.

Hold your wrist, up in the air pull slightly the opposite way. Do this for 5 seconds, and then repeat with the other arm.

Roll your shoulders in circles clockwise and anti-clockwise. 10 rotations for each shoulder.

Bend your head forward, looking down at your toes. Look up at the sky doing this for 10 seconds each time.

Now shake your arms and legs out.

Jump up and down a few times.

If you don’t like jogging around the court and want something different, start from one end of the court, and run to the first line. Run back and run to the line further from the first one.

You can see on the picture starting from point A run to point B. Run to point C, run to point D, run to point E, next to point E, continue to point F and finally to point G. This should be run at a comfortable speed.

Now, quick step side shuffles. Side shuffle around the half circles, then continue along the straight lines, in any direction finish off side stepping along the opposite half circle. Now do a quick sprint to the end of the court.

Congratulations, you should now be ready to play!

A few tips to remember. Don’t overdo the stretches; only warm up at a pace that you are comfortable at. If you are warming up in a team, everyone’s fitness levels are different so some may be out of breath before others.

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