Yoga improves athletic performance by strengthening targeted muscle groups, lengthening muscles and tendons and increasing range of motion.
When I was playing collegiate soccer, I wished that our coach had thought of yoga. The Certified Trainers did everything within their power to keep us in the game, but our options were limited once we were injured. Outside of spending time in the gym lifting and swimming more laps in the pool, we were left to our own devices while the uninjured players trained for the next game. Injuries just take time to heal and yoga is another option to help athletes stay healthy but also recover once injured. With that established, there are a few options where yoga and athletics are concerned.
Option one is to provide yoga as a recovery solution for injured athletes. Once an athlete is cleared to participate, we tailor sessions specific to the groups recovery. Most sports will have common injuries, i.e.: lacrosse, track and field and soccer, commonly have hamstring, hip, quadriceps, knee and ankle injuries, whereas swimmers and rowers commonly experience shoulder, scapular and back injuries. Basketball and football players score injuries in all the above categories, except football players earn themselves a few more concussive, blunt force variations as well. Due to common injury patterns, there are common yoga techniques and postures that can be used toward recovery.
Option two is to use yoga to enhance your team’s or club’s performance as a whole. A longer stride, equates to a faster runner. Lumber hips are more responsive hips but also helps alleviate complaints about sore lower backs. Increased range of motion improves reach, stride and stroke. Properly stretched muscles decreases the number of players sitting out games due to ruptured muscle fiber, aka, Charlie Horse. Bringing strength to secondary or supporting muscle groups also creates a stronger, more agile athlete.
How It Works
I bring yoga to your location; be it your basketball court, lacrosse field or meeting place for your running club. We discuss the needs of the athletes and pinpoint the appropriate body work needed. I provide 20 mats and straps and your athletes reap the rewards!
What is included in a “session”?
Sessions can be truly tailored to suit your needs and level of yoga practice. Caroline works with first time yogis, seasoned practitioners and everything in between. She teaches centering, postures and relaxation and nearly every class involves all three, unless otherwise specified. Caroline also has 20 high quality mats and straps that she can transport with her so that participants don’t necessarily need to lug their own.