As November hits, we’re very firmly into football season. Which means that, if you’re playing, most weekends are a mix of mud, aches and soreness.
The combination of crunching tackles, sliding over waterlogged pitches and biting cold weather makes this part of the season particularly ripe for picking up niggles and injuries.
If you’re not super careful in how you manage your body in the first few weeks of the weather turning bad and the temperature plummeting, it can causes many issues down the line, particularly if you're playing week in week out.
For most people who don’t train each day and instead spend their week in a more sedentary position - maybe sat at a desk - it is really important.
Tip #1 - Prepare your body for training and matches - going from doing nothing all week to intense exercise isn’t a great idea. It helps to get yourself prepared for exertion and so moving the body using some dynamic stretches is a good idea.
Here’s a good video from the amateur footballer YouTube channel with some dynamic stretches specifically for warming up for football. Click below to watch.