The impact of different warm-up protocols on vertical jump performance in male collegiate athletes

J Strength Cond Res. 2008 Jan;22(1):226-9. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e31815f9d6a.


The purpose of this study was to compare the impact of different types of warm-up on countermovement vertical jump (VJ) performance. Sixty-four male Division I collegiate football players completed a pretest for VJ height. The participants were then randomly assigned to a warm-up only condition, a warm-up plus static stretching condition, a warm-up plus dynamic stretching condition, or a warm-up plus dynamic flexibility condition. VJ performance was tested immediately after the completion of the warm-up. The results showed that there was a significant difference (P < .05) in VJ performance between the warm-up groups. Posttest jump performance improved in all groups; however, the mean for the static stretching group was significantly lower than the means for the other 3 groups. The static stretching negated the benefits gained from a general warm-up when performed immediately before a VJ test.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Athletic Performance / physiology*
  • Football / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle Contraction / physiology
  • Muscle Stretching Exercises*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
  • Physical Education and Training / methods*
  • Physical Endurance*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Probability
  • Reference Values