At the Academy, we are rightly proud of our yoga program. It helps our players adjust physically and mentally to the pressures of the game - and life. And one of the reasons for its introduction was to address certain specific issues we noticed.
Like what? Well tightness in the hips for one. Many academy members were ‘stiff ‘in their hips when we started our program and it was clear why. Most of our members are of school age and they spend most of their day seated. There may be intervals where they walk to and from classes and have their meal breaks but the clear majority of their time at school means they are seated.
So why is this important?
We talk about and enact muscle memory exercises a lot in our training. But when you’re not at training, it doesn’t mean muscle memory stops. You should know that it never stops. Muscle memory is always in play. It’s not just football or any other sport specific. And if your seated all day, that continuous and repetitive motion we talk about, can change the way YOU position your body. And it will if you do nothing about it. Continuous repetitive movements always have an end result. There is a whole science about why, that we don’t need to go into here. Just think about how long you sit during a day and we think you’d be surprised. Which is why we incorporate the following introductory hip flexor exercises in our Yoga For Football programs to combat that repetitive movement when sitting.
They are… The Pigeon stretch; The Hip Flexor mobilisation stretch; the Spider man stretch and a Kneeling hip flexor stretch.
By utilizing these stretches in combination with many others in the program we can ensure ease of use and guaranteed flexibility. And that as we all know is a great boon for any football player or athlete.
Till next time.