There is strong evidence to inform the benefits of implementing neuromuscular training (NMT) warm-up programs to reduce injury risk in youth and elite athletes. NMT prepares the athlete through optimal muscle activation patterns to increase dynamic joint stability and improve fundamental movement patterns. With training maintenance, this can be translated into optimal movement patterns in sport and physical activity.
Sport-specific warm-up programs include aerobic, balance, strength, and agility exercises. Research evidence has demonstrated that NMT warm-up programs are more effective at reducing injury risk in sport compared to traditional warm-up programs.