March Madness is upon us and more and more athletes are dealing with a common opponent – chronic low back pain. NCAA basketball players need to be at the top of their game to compete with the best in the nation.
Basketball is a physically demanding sport that requires strength, agility, and flexibility. One way to gain an edge over their opponents is by incorporating specific yoga poses into their training routine. In this post, we will discuss some yoga poses that could help NCAA basketball players enhance their performance on the court.
1. Warrior II Pose
The Warrior II Pose is an excellent pose for basketball players. It strengthens the legs, stretches the hips and groin, and opens the chest and shoulders. This pose also improves balance, which is essential while on the court under pressure.
To perform the Warrior II Pose, stand with your feet hip-width apart, and turn your right foot out 90 degrees. Inhale and extend your arms out to the sides, shoulder-height. Exhale and bend your right knee, aligning it with your ankle. Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds and repeat on the other side.
2. Downward-Facing Dog Pose
The Downward-Facing Dog Pose is a foundational pose in yoga that provides a full-body stretch. It strengthens the arms, shoulders, and legs, and improves flexibility in the hamstrings, calves, and spine. This pose also increases blood flow to the brain, which can help players stay focused during a game.
To perform the Downward-Facing Dog Pose, start on your hands and knees. Place your hands shoulder-width apart and your feet hip-width apart. Inhale and lift your hips up and back, straightening your arms and legs. Keep your head and neck relaxed, and hold the pose for 30-60 seconds.
3. Tree Pose
The Tree Pose is great pose for basketball players to improve their balance and focus. This pose strengthens the legs, hips, and core muscles. It also stretches the inner thighs and opens the chest and shoulders.
To perform the Tree Pose, stand with your feet hip-width apart. Shift your weight onto your left foot and lift your right foot off the ground. Place the sole of your right foot on your left inner thigh, with your knee pointing out to the side. Press your foot into your thigh and bring your hands together in front of your heart. Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds and repeat on the other side.
4. Pigeon Pose
The Pigeon Pose is fantastic for basketball players who want to stretch their hip flexors and improve their mobility. This pose also releases tension in the lower back and glutes, which can help players prevent injuries.
To perform the Pigeon Pose, start on all fours. Bring your right knee forward and place it behind your right wrist. Slide your left leg back and straighten it behind you. Lower your torso to the ground, resting on your forearms or a bolster. Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds and repeat on the other side.
If you are a basketball player, or really anyone who is looking to help relieve low back pain, Incorporating yoga into your training routine can improve your performance on, and off, the court. These poses can are only just a few of the many great poses that can help men’s NCAA basketball players gain an edge over their opponents by improving their strength, balance, flexibility, and focus. By practicing these poses, along with others, in a regular yoga practice, players can reduce their risk of injury, help heal their low back pain, and increase their chances of success on the court.
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