Yoga Poses to Prevent the Top Sports Injuries

Wrist Problems

Whether they suffer from carpal tunnel or a sprain from a fall, athletes are always susceptible to wrist injuries. Offensive linemen put all their weight behind them, soccer players land on them, and tennis player's bank on their strength. It's important to maintain strong forearms. Indication that you are having forearm flexor or extensor problems is to take a good look at your hands in down dog before you fix them. Notice if your two fingers are stuck together or if there is nice equal space between each finger.  
  • Plank wrist turns
  • Down dog holds/ three point variations
  • Hand stands
  • Chaturanga, up dog

Ankle Sprains, Achilles Tendonitis, and Plantar Fasciitis

These are three common injuries You need to develop a strong ankle, flexible ankle, open and flexible toes, and work on your balance.
  • Hero's pose toes tucked
  • Hero's pose toes untucked
  • Tree pose
  • Squat
  • Half side squat
  • Warrior three

Neck Pain

An athlete's neck needs great care. Full rotation means being able to fight off a defender in basketball, or turn your head towards a 95-mile an hour fastball. A flexible neck will help you roll out of a compromised wresting position, or absorb the shock of a full tackle.  
  • Plow legs straight and bent
  • Head stand
  • Rabbit
  • Lying spinal twist
  • Up dog with full neck extension
  • Bow
You should always research a qualified yoga instructor to lead you through the poses, as well get permission from your doctor before beginning any yoga program.

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Gwen Lawrence has been a practicing fitness professional since 1990. Her current practice includes private yoga training, class instructionand her sport-specific Power Yoga for Sports training program www.poweryogaforsports.com. Gwen is the yoga instructor for several NewYork Yankees baseball players, team yoga instructor for the New YorkGiants, New York Knicks, New York Red Bulls, and the Pace Universitybaseball team; as well as many youth teams in a variety of sports. She is also the official spokesperson for AFRIN PureSea. Visit her websiteat www.poweryogaforsports.com


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