By ERIC NAGOURNEY
A new study shows that when surgeons do a series of warm up exercises before an operation, they perform better.
The researchers were looking for something more than just flexibility. Warming up, they said, appears not only to make surgeons more limber but also to provide “cognitive arousal.”
The study found that the exercises were useful for surgeons starting a new day and for those fatigued from being on call. They also found that the improvement seemed to carry over to surgical tasks different from those used in the warm-up.
At Toyota’s training center inside its Motomachi assembly complex here, workers use golf balls to limber up their fingers before they learn new tasks on the factory floor.
limber Hide phonetics
(of a person) able to bend and move easily and gracefully
limber up phrasal verb
to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise:
The substitutes are beginning to limber up on the sidelines.
warm up (EXERCISE) phrasal verb
to prepare yourself for a physical activity by doing some gentle exercises and stretches:
If you don't warm up before taking exercise, you risk injuring yourself.
warm-up Show phonetics
A warm-up is important before a run so as not to strain any muscles.
Let's do a few warm-up exercises.