Well over the weekend we had numerous concussions around the football league. In short a concussion is a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary, but can include problems with headache, concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination. Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don’t realize it. Most believe they are cumulative, that is once you get one it’s easier to get the second one and so on. Not much Yoga can do for these problems– I mean maybe learning to balance more effectively might reduce the way athletes fall, however head gear and limiting blows to the head will help to reduce brain injuries. Monday night Big Ben went down with a shoulder injury— M.R.I being done as I write this.
Shoulder injuries on the other hand can be helped with good mechanics. Strengthening and creating flexibility in and around the shoulder complex—- Yoga Can be used to create more strength in the T-spine and to help with the deceleration which limit’s to much protraction of the scap : gumukasana and reverse namaskara arms and some l twist’s focusing on the upper back and definitely weight arm bearing asymmetrical positions. Hips also help tremendously with throwing, so make sure we have hip mobility. Once you work on these movements use dynamic motions to simulate throwing, which is why I mentioned twist’s — Elastic bands that create resistance are good as well.
We will be tackling some common injuries for running backs next time—