Yoga can benefit athletes and non-athletes 5/15

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: May 16, 2018 - 9:36 AM



Yoga has been around for 5,000 years and these days it is as popular as ever. Whether it’s a group at the local YMCA, a large Yoga studio or even the local high school sports program the impact of this exercise discipline is growing every day.

As training techniques for all sports become more sophisticated almost all require good core strength and flexibility. Yoga can offer the athlete and the non-athlete a way to become more flexible and stronger. It can be done in a more intense setting or one that is more calming. Yoga can be a part of everyone’s exercise routine not just the athlete’s.

While some see Yoga as another sport or workout it can best be described as a culture that can benefit the athlete.

Doug Wiesner is a Certified Athletic Trainer and is the Youth Sports Medicine Director for the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at the University of Kansas Health System. Wiesner said that yoga can be a key piece of an athletes workout for core strength and flexibility.

“Yoga conditions and strengthens the core stabilizers to control the different poses that are utilized in yoga,” Wiesner said. “Just about all of yoga engage the core muscles to help stabilize the upper/lower extremities and trunk used during the extended poses that are used.”

There are many conditions that yoga that help with such as:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Limited Mobility
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Tension or stress
  • Depression

If you are looking to add to your offseason program Wiesner said Yoga can be for you.

“Yoga can be part of the off-season program depending on the philosophy of a coaching staff,” Wiesner siad.  Many times, the “in-season” is too busy to add yoga.”

The University of Kansas Health System has a fantastic resource on the benefits and different kinds of Yoga in an article titled “Why You Should Try Yoga.” If yoga is something you are interested in take a look at that great article.

For more sports medicine articles and information on the Sports Medicine & Performance Center at the University of Kansas Health System, go to sportstmedicine.kansashealthsystem.com or follow @KUSportsMed on twitter.