7 Yoga Poses for Young Athletes

Repetitive motion injuries are occurring in younger and younger athletes as many kids specialize in a sport earlier than they have in the past. In addition, competition at a younger age has intensified. So how can we help young athletes stay healthy and enjoy a long career in their sports of choice? A wonderful tool that is often overlooked is yoga.

Why is yoga good for young athletes?

  • A regular yoga practice helps prevent injuries and speeds recovery from strenuous workouts.
  • Yoga helps with breathing, flexibility, strength, confidence, energy, balance, concentration, endurance and injury prevention.
  • Yoga also helps young athletes learn how their bodies work. Proper yoga instruction teaches body mechanics and enhances body awareness.
  • Yoga teaches players how to harness their breathing and focus on the present. Being able to visualize the next shot in basketball or hit in football can help improve their game.
  • Yoga teaches players how to slow down, regenerate from their strenuous workouts and relax. With the intense pressure to do well in school and sports, most kids don't take the time to reap the benefits of their hard work.
There are several yoga poses that can help youth athletes.

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