Warm-Up for Softball

Before performing any exercise, it is important to prepare the body by performing an appropriate warm up, and softball is no exception. Warming up prepares the body for sport performance and can help decrease the risk of injury. Although the impression is that softball is not a physically demanding sport, in reality the sport requires high degrees of sport specific fitness.

Softball involves extended periods of low and high-intensity activity. Players spend hours in the field, and at any time are required to do rapid movements. Batters regularly have to sprint between the bases, and in fast-pitch softball the pitchers are also required perform an action that can place high stress on the body. To get the body prepared for such demanding activities, a thorough warm-up is required.

Example Softball Warm-Up

The warm up for softball should be done before every exercise session - whether it be competition games, on the field for training sessions, or gym workouts. The warm-up should start off at a low intensity, with a gradual progression from general and simple movements to more softball specific and higher intensity actions.

Here is an example of what can be done by softballers, but the specifics can be adjusted to suit constraints such as limited space and time, and the conditions. Players of all levels should be doing a warm-up.

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