“Jermaine Jones, a soccer star for the New England Revolution and the United States National Team, has built his career on being physical. A defensive midfielder, the 6-foot, 180-pound Jones considers it his main duty to stifle opposing attackers before they reach his team’s last line of defense. In every game, he does the dirty work of jostling for position with forwards, banging into midfielders to win headers and diving to poke the ball away from the feet of threatening attackers. As if that weren’t demanding enough, the 34-year-old Jones never stops moving. During the 2014 World Cup, he covered an average distance of 7.5 miles per game.
With all of that running and pounding, Jones is drained by the time he steps off the field—which is why values recovery so much.”If you want to have a long career, you have to be careful about how you treat your body,” he says. And in recent years, he has taken up a special practice to accelerate his recovery and boost his on-field performance—yoga.”