Written By: Gwen Lawrence
Soccer is a very fast paced and demanding sport. In the course of one game players can run 7-8 miles! In order to perform at your best you need to understand the Power Yoga for Sports philosophy that it is not all about strength training! The definition of power on the field is strength plus flexibility, that is what builds true performance power.
It is clear to any soccer enthusiast that you need to pay very close attention to your legs for the game. Your training should be more specific. A soccer player should look to:
Keep flexible hamstrings, quadriceps, IT bands
To keep up with the rigors of running, cutting, and changing direction.
Work stability yet supple ankles
The more range in the ankles the more speed and agility on the field.
Keep knees safe
To stay in the game to keep the speed, knees are the keystone to soccer health.
Open hips to further protect the knees
Studies have shown that the more open and flexible the hips are the less energy transferred to the knees and significantly decreases stress and strain on the vulnerable joint.
Maintain full rotation of the spine, as well as flexion and extension
The more flexible the back the greater your field of vision and less likely the ball will be stolen from you, also the more torque that can be generated to turn and shoot on the dim.
Keep a flexible strong neck
A continuation of a flexible spine an open neck allows you to read the field with skills of an owl.
Work to open and strengthen wrists and forearms
Not often thought about for soccer but just as crucial, for the simple reason that risky acrobatic moves on the field often lead to falling on one hand and wrist. If the wrist is open properly you will get up without damage in the joint or the forearm.
Incorporating yoga into your already packed soccer training could be the missing piece of the puzzle and key to getting to the next lever. Before starting any Yoga routine, research a properly trained teacher. Try these critical poses 1-3 times per week:
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Gwen Lawrence BS,LMT, E-Ryt 500, Registered Yoga Therapist