We place a lot of emphasis on our cool downs. They don’t take long and introducing this habit at an early stage in your child’s fitness development will ensure they continue to do it the rest of their lives.
Cool downs don’t take long, they gradually lower your heart rate rather than a sudden drop and may also reduce the likelihood of Delayed Muscle Soreness (DOMs) ie that dull ache the next day or even the day after....
Lastly, and of equal importance in our opinion, are the psychological benefits of a cool down. We can reflect on the session, review what the kids have learned and have a laugh. These 5 minutes will help develop friendships and build a sense of camaraderie and community. They have all completed a workout together, endorphins are high and life is usually good.
PS: This applies equally to our adult athletes!