Athletic Recovery

Serious athletes must: rest, restore, and rejuvenate between workouts so the body can: repair, rebuild, and strengthen itself.

With the stress you’re putting on your body, you will end up degrading your performance, if you haven’t already.

Any good athletic training program should allow recovery — time for growth to occur between workouts. Recovery means that you learn to relax deeply to foster recovery and to bring your whole body into equilibrium. Why does this matter?

Recovery Benefits For Athletes

  • Athletic recovery allows your body to adapt and compensate, which will both lead to an increase in performance.
  • A one-hour recovery session can bring your body to its peak output, max heart rates, and max lactate concentrates.
  • Recovery is cumulative, allowing you to recover from a combination of prior workouts, not just your last one.

Yoga Benefits for Athletes

By not practicing yoga, you’re at a competitive disadvantage, missing an opportunity to enhance peak performance. Yoga poses, breath work, and inner focus all help rebalance, strengthen and restore overtaxed muscles, joints and ligaments. Yoga is recovery. And it is through recovery that athletes increase their career longevity and develop an inner balance to last a lifetime.

In order to perform better, you must recover better.

  • Yoga creates stable and unstable environments to challenge your body, keeping the kinetic chain firing on all cylinders.
  • Yoga prepares your body for all sorts of situations that may come up in athletic challenges, allowing you to outperform competitors and master your craft.
  • Yoga increases your mental focus, giving you an edge that may make all the difference.
  • Yoga opens up your hips making them more flexible, which may prevent knee injuries.

Injury Prevention Benefits for Athletes

A regular yoga practice can reduce your risk of injury while conditioning your body to perform things you have to do everyday as an athlete: run, jump, twist, stop and go, bend, lift, etc. A form of functional fitness, yoga moves your body in ways it was designed to move and ensures it keeps working properly. Practicing yoga is similar to an – ‘ Investment Hedge’ / ‘Insurance Contract’ – on you and your body.

  • Yoga builds body awareness. You’ll learn to analyze your form during exercise to both optimize your workouts, and help prevent compensation based injuries.
  • Most sports injuries occur when athletes disconnect from their bodies. Unfortunately, many of us take better care of our cars than we do our bodies! Yoga will help you to become aware of each of your movements, so you can keep your body out of the shop (off the trainers table).
  • When you participate in sports, your body can become very dominant on one side. It’s your job as an athlete to recognize imbalances before they become injuries. This is where yoga can be a godsend.

Mental Training Benefits for Athletes

“90% of the game is half mental” – Yogi Berra. All the talent in the world is squandered if an athlete isn’t in the right mind to execute those physical abilities in game situations. To excel on the court, the field, or on the ice, athletes need to learn how to be in a comfortable place, consistently, both physically and mentally. Getting into a flow mindset (often described as being: “In the Zone”) can help athletes to constantly achieve optimal performance.

  • The mind is the missing link between having potential and realizing potential. Yoga focuses the mind on the body.
  • Yoga brings you the freedom and comfort to perform at the highest possible levels despite ever-changing circumstances that exist in game situations.
  • Extra mental effort impedes natural effort and movement, causing us to get in our own way. You must be able to perform with a mind free of distractions to power through limitations without consequences.
  • Bottom line: Success of all athletes is measured by how well they perform during competition. The mind makes the difference.

Strength Benefits for Athletes

No amount of weight training will give you more strength than consistently holding up your own body weight through a yoga practice. Yoga can make the weight training better and that in turn can make the basketball better, while the basketball has made the yoga better. It’s all unified. Yoga increases muscular endurance because you typically hold any given pose for a period of time and repeat it several times throughout a yoga practice.

  • Increasing your flexibility will improve your range of motion, which means greater strength due to enhanced muscle recruitment and more efficient movement patterns within your specific sport.
  • Applying correct periods of stress and recovery enables the athlete to successively increase power output.
  • Yoga helps reduce range of motion deficiencies, improve balance and works (recruits) smaller muscles groups that normally wouldn’t get trained.

When you’re ready for a custom Athletic Recovery System that will work for you within your chosen sport, here’s how to get in touch.

Contact – Jason Papalio

The Road To Recovery