Power Yoga For Sports

Power Yoga for Tennis

Written By: Gwen Lawrence

         

 

The game of tennis takes a very diligent, dedicated and well trained athlete.  The quickness and power demanded on the court is not to be compared to any other sport.  A great player must truly train stretch and maintain their entire body to stay alert and quick. 

It is pretty easy to understand the needs of a tennis players shoulders, but a person training for the game must also look to:  

Strong and flexible shoulders
It is strength plus flexibility that yields power on the court, so it is critical to keep the shoulders open with great rangle of motion  

Open hips
To keep the least amount of stress and strain on the knees you must always keep your hips flexible, also to enable the agile quickness you need to deliver on the court  

Strong core
Strong abs will give the player the quickness they need to change direction on the dime and support the back through draining matches

Stable ankles
It seems pretty easy to see why a tennis player would need to pay particular focus to the stability and strength of the ankles, the more open the quick and agile the player will be with the least amount of stress on the knees

Flexible hamstrings and quadriceps
In order to avoid devastating pulls, it is crucial to stretch the legs everyday for power, longevity and injury prevention

Flexible IT bands
Another body part to stretch to not only increase agility but to aid the cutting movements on the court and again decrease strain and injury to the knee

Strong grip
To hold the racquets without tiring the forearms and tightening the shoulder

Flexible wrists and forearms
For the best possible most effort free grip, when there is strain in the grasp that translates all the way up to the shoulder reducing range f motion and proper coordination f the arm joints

Open chest
For the most force with the swing the chest needs to be open, also the more open the rib cage the greater the lung capacity and therefore longevity on the court, sometimes the best conditioned athletes wins in the end of a grueling match

Incorporating yoga into your already packed tennis 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:

 

Check out www.poweryogaforsport.com for more information on Power Yoga for Tennis programs.

Gwen Lawrence BS,LMT, E-Ryt 500, Registered Yoga Therapist