Gearing Up and Gearing Down – Overview
Before any competition, conditioning workout or technical skills training session, your body must be transitioned from its resting state into a state of readiness so you can maximize your effort and prevent injury. The key to preparing your body for any strenuous activity is blood flow. Improved circulation raises the body’s core temperature and accelerates blood flow into muscles and connective tissues. As a result, your body can work harder during the “performance state” without getting hurt. We call the preparation series “gearing up”. After you’ve performed, it’s important to safely transition your body back to its resting state by “gearing down”.
Since the objective is a safe transition, both series must be done in stages. You wouldn’t walk onto the track and sprint full out, right? Intention, precision and consistency in the gear-up and gear-down will not only keep you from getting injured during the performance state but also keep you healthy, season in, season out.