Low-load luteal muscle exercises enhance body's performance, shows study.
"Exercises of this nature are likely to be more acceptable to the athlete and coach than are protocols incorporating heavier loads because of a lower risk of athlete fatigue and minimal equipment requirements," said Justin Crow from La Trobe's School of Physiotherapy who led the study.
"We found that body-weight gluteal exercises increase explosiveness in your lower half," said Crow in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
The researchers then compared three warm-up methods on AFl players, including the low-load exercise protocol squatting on a whole-body vibration machine and a control protocol where athletes did no warm-up, according to a La Trobe statement.
"Coaches may consider this protocol when preparing athletes for competition or training in sports involving explosive lower limb movements such as jumping, sprinting, and some weight-lifting movements," said Crow.