Stretches for Athletes

Many athletes have a great deal of strength, but with this flexibility may be a challenge. Stretching for athletes is very beneficial for them, as it releases tension in over used and built up muscles. The stretching of tendons and muscles prevent them from injury. The flexibility allows for bigger rang of motion with could help protect them in hit or a fall. It is important to have accurate alignment and that they are done equally. The alignment is to prevent you from stretching or straining the wrong areas of your body. The majority of people have one more flexible side of the body over another. To even this out you must hold the pose for equal amount of time. Each stretch should be held for approximately 30 second to 2 minutes, to receive the benefits of the stretch.

Here is a list of pose’s that would benefit you if you play a high impact sport.

  1. Happy Baby – Ananda Balasana

Stretches the inner thighs and lengthens back.

  1. Downward Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana.

Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, and feet.

  1. Fire Log – Agnistambhasana

Stretches the hips, lower back and groins.

  1. Pyramid Pose – Parsvottanasana

Spinal decompression, stretch hamstrings, claves and hips

  1. Sleeping Pigeon Pose – Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Stretches hips, groin and quads.

  1. Low Lunge – Anjaneyasana

Stretches your hamstrings, quads, and groin.

  1. Extended Puppy Pose – Uttana Shishosana

Opens shoulders, stretches spine.

  1. Frog Pose – Mandukasana

Deep inner thigh, Groin, neck, psoas major muscle.

  1. Cactus Arm

Stretches shoulders, chest and back.

  1. Gate Pose – Parighasana

Stretched side of the body, torso, hip and hamstrings.

Oxygen Yoga’s Deep Stretch Relaxation classes, is a great choice for anyone looking to increase their flexibility. The far infrared heated studios, quickly heat up the body making it easier for the muscle tension to melt away. Many of our clients experience quicker recovery from injuries, and few injuries from taking classes. Get scheduled into one of hot Deep Stretch Relaxation classes, at a location near you, so you can give your body the tender, love and care it needs.