Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) April 12, 2012
In the never-ending search for professional athletes to gain a competitive edge in the performance department, many pro athletes such as NBA superstars Baron Davis and Blake Griffin are using Yoga as a part of their daily training regimen. According to a new report posted at BeWellBuzz.com, many other medical benefits are being discovered which is powering not only athletes but several celebrities on a daily basis. And the negative stereo-types associated with Yoga are slowly being removed as a result.
The medical and psychological benefits of the Ancient art of Yoga have been well documented over the years however the stereo-type of Yoga training has cast a dark cloud over the effectiveness for many professional athletes over the years. The ability to help a professional athlete like Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and other professional athletes to embrace the effectiveness of Yoga has fallen upon Kent Katich, an instructor who has taught yoga to hundreds of NBA players over the past few years. As an active instructor on the payroll of the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, the role of Yoga in athletic training is sending a message in athletic circles – Yoga is good for player longevity.
‘"Because of the running and the jumping, (basketball players) have a tendency to have tight glutes, and their IT bands--the muscle that runs on the sides from your knee up to your hip--that quad area can be tight," Katich said. "Basketball players also have a tendency to roll their ankles a lot. Repetitive spraining of the ankle starts to harden the muscle that's around the ankle. When you are loose, these types of injuries can be reduced.”
"For me, flexibility is huge," Griffin said. "Staying loose and healthy and staying limber--you can tell a difference when your muscles are tight or when you're stretched out and completely relaxed. I've heard from a lot of guys that flexibility is the key to longevity in this league," Griffin said. "For those guys who want to play a long time, I think it's important.”
Yoga is also a great activity to maintain mental strength and decrease emotional trauma. According to a German study published in 2005, 24 women who described themselves as "emotionally distressed" took two 90-minute yoga classes a week for three months. Women in a control group maintained their normal activities and were asked not to begin an exercise or stress-reduction program during the study period. At the end of three months, women in the yoga group reported vast improvements in perceived stress, depression, anxiety, energy, fatigue, and well-being.
The role of Yoga in professional sports is changing due to multiple health benefits recently discovered. To learn more about these health benefits, please review the article posted at BeWellBuzz.com by clicking the link below.
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