Encourage young athletes to extend their arms out to the sides, then swing them across their body -- as if they were giving themselves a hug.
Soccer is growing in popularity in the United States -- especially among children. As with all team sports, it's crucial to maintain safety when it comes to youth soccer teams. While protective gear can go a long way toward avoiding injury, preparatory stretching can also be effective. Be sure to target the primary muscles used during soccer to ensure optimal results for young athletes.
According to the Framingham United Soccer Club, a toe walk can be an effective way to help young soccer players warm up for a game or practice. A toe walk not only helps to improve balance, but it also strengthens the gastrocnemius and aids in ankle mobility. Start with two sets of 50-yard toe walks for young soccer players when incorporating this dynamic warm-up. As strength and endurance continues to grow, athletes can attempt longer and longer distances.