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Warm up essentials: Skipping

Skipping is a useful warm up exercise to get the brain and body working. In changing the direction of where they body is moving, as well as getting the arms going, it stimulates and focuses a player's minds.

“Football’s not just a straight sport where you’re moving in one direction,” says Tony Daley, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ head of first team performance.

“It’s important to warm up by shifting your body weight, and moving from side to side.”

Here, Daley talks FFT through some drills to get the body and mind working…

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Also see:
Warm up essentials: Fire up your glutes – part one
Warm up essentials: Fire up your glutes – part two
Warm up essentials: Fire up your glutes – part three
Warm up essentials: Jogging
Warm up essentials: Activate your hips
Warm up essentials: Balance and co-ordination
Warm up essentials: Explosive movements
Warm up essentials: Change of direction
Warm up essentials: Speed, agility, quickness

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Huw was on the FourFourTwo staff from 2009 to 2015, ultimately as the magazine's Managing Editor, before becoming a freelancer and moving to Wales. As a writer, editor and tragic statto, he still contributes regularly to FFT in print and online, though as a match-going #WalesAway fan, he left a small chunk of his brain on one of many bus journeys across France in 2016.