Yoga is now widely recommended by physiotherapists to help with injury prevention and recovery. The way in which it can help is by the slow and controlled movements can help with better biomechanics.

For example with a person with a chronic back injury the slow and controlled movements can help engage abdominal muscles first to stabilise the trunk and then use the distal limb to move optimally. Or the patient with recurrent hamstring tears he can wake up the gluteal firing which can off load the hamstring reducing fatigue and improving performance through this improved motor sequencing.

There are other yoga styles which is meditation based which can also be used for mental purposes like relaxation, stress management and spirituality.

So yoga can have a lot of benefits for the regular community athlete and will be beneficial for physio’s to incorporate in their management of their patients.

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