It’s well-known that American Footballers are at high risk of injury any time they are involved in the game and more often than not the inevitable happens. When NFL players get a wide variety of injuries that side line them for months on end means they have to go through certain rehabilitation procedures depending on the extent of their specific injury. Most of the time, players only sustain injuries that might keep them off the field for a couple of weeks and those injuries can usually be helped heal by taking advantage of yoga exercises. Have a look below at 5 of the common injuries players get and how yoga can help them heal:
- Back injury – If players sustain a back injury such as a spinal one, then the chances are they will be side lined for months, if not for the whole season. But there are cases in which they might sustain a lower back injury which is more or less just a stretch. With the use of yoga exercises players will be able to stretch their lower back to the extent that it will help repair it. Doing this for a couple of weeks is always beneficial and club doctors will usually recommend these exercises. Even in cases of spinal injuries when it’s not so serious, light yoga exercises can help stretch the spine to help that heal as well.
- Hamstring injury – A lot of the players will have this injury from time to time because of the physical nature of the game and the running that is required. When the hamstring is pulled, players are often out for at least a few weeks and there are plenty of light yoga exercises that they can do to not only help repair their hamstring, but to also help prevent it from happening in the future. The chances are it will happen again in the future, but nowhere near as much. What is great is that players can do this pose anywhere and all they need is a towel and a thick yoga mat like this one to cushion their often larger than normal bodies will doing the workout.
- Wrist injury – Players often find themselves on the received end of wrist injuries because of the throwing and catching involved, and of course the tackling side of the game. There are plenty of yoga exercises that do not cater for the hand or wrist, but there are some such as the Cat-Cow yoga exercise that requires the hand to be flat on the floor, thus stretching the wrist area and helping it heal. Most wrist injuries require the hand doctor to take care of during physiotherapy, but yoga has been known to help in a lot of cases.
- Foot/leg injuries – Depending on the type of foot/leg injury sustained, yoga can sometimes help in the case that one of those gets broken during play. It will require weeks/months of physiotherapy first, but after a while when the bones have healed the joints will tighten, and they will need to be loosened slightly and a great way of doing this is to undertake some light yoga exercises.
- Neck injuries – Sometimes players pull muscles in their neck, or at worse break them. Yoga has plenty of exercises that can help heal the neck area depending on the severity of the injury.
In conclusion, yoga exercises can help a lot with a variety of injuries depending on their severity. More often than not, yoga is a great way of keeping fit even when injured which is why a lot of players undertake it when they are on the side lines. Yoga is well-known for its light exercises and the help to release joint pain and provide a way of healing the muscles slowly.