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Yoga For Footballers

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

The idea of footballers busting out the full lotus may seem a little preposterous, however, the benefits of the flexibility and joint support gained by yoga can give footballers (and, in fact, any athletes) the edge over their opponents.

Yoga for footballers is ideal for players looking to protect themselves against injury. Compression in the lower spine and excess movements of the hamstrings, groin, glutes, quads, and hip flexors are all quite common complaints. Yoga can alleviate the regular and often intensive strain placed on the body when playing football, as well as improving mental acuity, concentration, and increasing stamina.

I work one to one with footballers or in small groups and have not only noticed the physical effects but have also witnessed improved confidence and a contagious lightheartedness which is a joy to observe.

Yoga for footballers ideally needs to include asana such as:

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)

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This inversion increases flexibility in the calves, hamstrings and shoulders, and erector spinae. It also a heart and shoulder opener which serves to strengthen the muscles in the arms and upper back.

Uttanasana (Intense Forward Fold)

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The hamstrings, glutes, and erector spinae can all benefit from the Intense Forward Fold. It also helps promote pelvic stability and enhances the ability to fold from the hips.

Anjaneyasana (Crescent Lunge Pose)

This Pose is ideal for opening the groin and increasing flexibility in the hips and quadriceps. Balance, scapular stability, and proprioception can all be improved alongside the strengthening of the abductors, adductors gluteals, and shoulders.

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)