Athleticism is one of the most important physical factors that contribute to the success and longevity of baseball players.
Now, there are various components that impact the athleticism of a player including; flexibility, speed, strength, body control, vertical leap and many more.
Baseball inherently is a highly explosive sport where players are always pushing their bodies and minds to extreme edges.
And while this can be exhausting, yoga can certainly help baseball players gain the control of their bodies and minds at times when they need it most.
Focus is what gives you’re the courage to stand in front of a hard ball coming at you at blistering pace.
And yoga provides players with that strength and concentration of mind that enable them to take decisions at fraction of a second.
Yoga poses can help enhance body flexibility, giving players the crucial mobility in the hips required to make the best impact.
Apart from strengthening the body physically, yoga also helps at a mental level by strengthening the endurance level of players, thus enabling them to handle the high-stress situation calmly with a logical mindset.
In high endurance sports like baseball where players are always pushed to extreme edges, there’s always a chance of physical industry.
Regular practice of yoga can help players build up their endurance level and reducing the chances of injury.
And while preventing injury might be crucial for baseball players, fast recovery from injuries is equally important.
Yoga does help in this aspect as well by building up the mental and physical body state, it help players to recover from physical and mental breakdowns due to the high intensity of games.
While physical strength plays an important part in enhancing the players’ performance, it’s the mental strength that gives them the ultimate edge over competitors.
In team sports, the ultimate test lies in the mental endurance of teams; it’s all about achieving the winning mindset that takes you home.
By regularly taking yoga sessions, baseball teams can build up a highly focused mindset that’s free of fears and distractions; thus helping them to outperform the competitors with their mental strength and ability to maneuver at high-stress situations.
At the end of the day, yoga is all about unlocking the full body and mind potential.
Remember, winning or losing is a mindset more than anything and by synchronizing the body and mind, yoga helps players achieve the winning mindset.
Here are some yoga poses for baseball players that can help them gain the body-mind synchronization:
Benefits: A great stretching pose which relieves stress strengthens legs and core muscles. Simulate the function of abdominal organs results in better digestion. Reduce the risk of hamstring injuries, increase the range of motion of your legs to improve kicking power and increased speed.
Tips: Squeeze your legs toward one another to prevent your leg muscles from relaxing. Do not lock out your front knee. For modification, place a block on either side of the front leg, and place your hand on top of the block.
Benefits: This pose provides numerous benefits to practitioners from all backgrounds. Not only relieves stress from legs due to the excessive labor of legs during sports, physical training or daily routines but also stretches your lower back muscles. Not only relaxes your mind and body but also prevents you from sports-related injuries.
Tips: Press the hips down and in the direction of the bent leg, to rest the thigh as close as possible to the ground. Avoid pressure in your knee. Stay away from knee pain in the pose. If the pain does occur, come out of this pose immediately.
Benefits: Stretches and relieves stiffness in neck, shoulders and back muscles. Provides a deep stretch to the groins and hamstrings for better hip flexibility and strength. Strengthen core muscles for better upper body control tone your abs and side muscles.
Tips: Keep your upper body lifted. Use the leading arm to further open the hips and pressing the knee further outside. For an easier version rest your front elbow over front knee.
Benefits: Stretches spine and hamstring muscles which reduces the chances of injuries and maintain flexibility. Improvised body posture. Calms your mind and helps to relieve you from a stress headache and mild depression. Stimulate abdominal organs for better digestion.
Tips: Don't round your back by bringing your shoulders forward. If flexibility is an issue let your knees slightly bend and deepen the stretch with every exhale. For modification place a yoga block in front your feet and grab it while bending.
Benefits: Lengthen and encourages the mobility of the spine for twisting motions in various sports. Stretches shoulder, chest, back and hips muscles to relax and re-energize the body. Helps you relieve from stress and anxiety. Increase the blood flow to abdominal organs which results in detoxification of the body and toned waistline.
Tips: If your knees don’t touch the ground, don’t worry about it. Just focus on getting the gentle twisting stretch throughout your spine. The focus of this pose should be on stretch.
Benefits: Strengthen your wrist shoulders and core muscles. Tone your abdomen. Improve your posture and reduce back pains. Improve your balance which results in better movement and coordination. Along with other enormous benefits, this is a foundational pose for beginners to train them for advance hand balancing poses.
Tips: If you start to feel your core failing and your lower back begins to arch, take your knees down. You risk injury to your lower back by continuing plank with an arched back. If holding a plank for a longer period is difficult, rest your both knees and alternate knees time to time.
Benefits: Provide a great stretch to the entire backside, open the shoulders to get the better range of motion. Enhance shoulder and forearm strength while lengthening calf and hamstring muscles. Moreover, increase blood ow towards brain which decreases stress and enhances productivity.
Tips: Watch out for any hyper-extension of elbows and knees. If you feel too much pressure on your shoulders, shorten the distance between your hands and feet and allow your knees to bend.
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