5 Yoga Poses for Soccer Players from DoYouYoga

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Soccer involves a lot or running and sprinting during the practice and during games. It’s a very Yang-like activity, and soccer players are getting strength and training on a regular basis,  especially in the leg muscles.

Yoga practice can focus on preventing injuries, creating flexibility and to being the Yin side of life by offering space and a place of calm. The focus of a yoga practice for soccer players is mainly to improve the flexibility in the legs, hips and joints—especially the hips and the hamstrings where people tend to experience tightness.

Here are five beneficial yoga poses for soccer players … Please go to DoYouYoga for the poses.

Christen Press in Yoga Journal

Christen Press in Yoga JournalWhen she’s training, Press enjoys balancing sequences with Tree Pose, Warrior III, and Half Moon Pose.

Christen Press, the 26-year-old professional soccer forward who helped the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in July, explains how yoga and meditation “quiet the distractions” in her life and make her a more dynamic athlete. Plus: Her twice-daily Vedic meditation ritual. Read more here.

Player-to-Player Contact Found to Cause Most Concussions in H.S. Soccer

A recent study concluded that banning headers in high school soccer may not be the most effective way to limit concussions among players.  The study was published online Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, as athlete-to-athlete contact was at fault far more often.

Boston College women's soccer team

Photo by John Quackenbos, photographer for Boston College Athletics

New study banning headers only part of stopping concussions

This article is from USA Today. Here are some key highlights:

New study banning headers only part of stopping concussions

Coinciding with the women’s World Cup, a group of concussion experts teamed with Chastain and other women soccer players to make a big public push for the Safer Soccer initiative. They cited a study that tracked 59 concussions suffered by junior-high girls in Washington State and concluded that about 30 percent of those injuries could be eliminated if heading were banned. That extrapolates to a potential of around 100,000 concussions avoided over a three-year period.

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