Yoga for Athletes

If you have been athletic for a significant portion of your life, you have probably experienced an injury as a result of playing sports or running. You may have tried a wide variety of cures to rid yourself of the pain caused by these injuries as well. If you are recovering from a sports injury it might interest you to know that yoga is a great way to get back into physical activity after an injury and start the healing process. Yoga Central wants you to learn more about sports injuries that can occur to people who are athletic and what yoga poses they can do that will help reduce their pain and heal.

Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Plantar Fasciitis is caused by the swelling of the ligaments that connect your heel done to your toes. It causes shooting pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot. This is a common injury in runners or athletes who participate in sports which involve a lot of jumping.
  • To relieve this sports injury try the Garland Pose (Malasana) and Reclining Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana)

Shin Splints:

  • Shin splints are characterized by aching or pain in the shins after running or jumping. This condition is caused by overuse of the muscles, tiny fractures in the tibia or a weakness in the muscles of the hips or abdominals
  • To relieve this sports injury try Pyramid PoseIntense Stretch Pose (Parsvottanasana) and Diamond Pose(Vajra asana)

Rotator Cuff Damage:

  • This injury is frequently seen in athletes involved in throwing sports such as baseball, football, even tennis. Rotator cuff damage involves the ligaments that connect the arm to the shoulder and can range from a fairy inocuur ache to full tears in the ligaments that are extremely painful.
  • To relieve this sports injury try Plank Pose (Phalankasana) and Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

ACL Injuries:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries cause damage to the knee and are cause when an athlete changes direction quickly while running, improperly lands a jump, is hit by another person or rapidly comes to a stop from running.
  • To relieve this sports injury try Child’s Pose (Balasana) and the Warrior Poses (Virahadrasana)

Pulled Groin Muscle:

  • Pulled groin muscles are caused when the muscles of the thigh and groin are exposed to chronic or extreme stress. This injury is regularly seen in soccer, football and hockey players.
  • To relieve this sports injury try Butterfly Pose (Badhakonasana) and Head-to- Knee Pose/Bend to Knee Pose(Janu Sirasana)

If you have injuries from sports or athletic training, you should discuss adding yoga into your recovery plan with your doctor and physiotherapist. If given the green light for physical activity, call Yoga Central at (780) 439-0014 and we can help you get back into top playing form.