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30 May 2011

When it comes to warm-up, less is more

The warm-up is one of the more contentious issues in high-performance sport, and now new research suggests long warm-ups can sabotage race performance.

University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology researcher Elias Tomaras says the idea came to him while watching track and field sprinters warm-up for a race. "If you watch sprinters, short distance speed skaters or cyclists before their race, they will often warm-up for one to two hours, including several brief bouts of high intensity exercise. From an exercise physiology point of view, it seemed like it might be pretty tiring."

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