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YOGA FOR INJURY PREVENTION

Learn how to protect yourself and improve strength and stability.

Accessible Injury Prevention
Do you have a physically demanding job?  Are you a sports enthusiast?  Do you spend all day on your feet or sitting at a desk?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, yoga can improve your physical condition and quality of life!
  
Even the simplest, most accessible yoga poses prevent injury in the following ways:
  • Improve balance and stability
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Improve strength in smaller muscles and less-used muscle groups
  • Improve synchronization between dominant and less-used muscle groups
  • Improve spatial awareness
Effective Pain Relief
Yoga can help ease aches, pains, and stiffness associated with:
  • Construction and other labor-intensive work
  • Standing/walking jobs
  • Sitting jobs
  • Sports and outdoor pursuits
  • High intensity workouts like Crossfit and P90X
  • Previous injuries
  • Previous surgeries
Protect Yourself
Did you know that in 2014 there were over 331,000 recorded incidences of sprains, strains, and tears related to work activities? (Bureau of Labor Statistics)  These are injuries that don’t require surgery and often don’t necessitate time off from work, but which often cause long-term issues like continual or flare-up pain and reduced range of motion.  Fortunately, you can easily protect yourself from these injuries by regularly practicing simple yoga poses.
  
Correcting Imbalance
Most of the physical activity you perform in a day involves the dominant, large muscles:
  • Quadriceps and hamstrings
  • Biceps and deltoids
  • Rectus abdominis
  • Back muscles

And many of the smaller or less dominant muscles are neglected because of imbalanced strength across all muscle groups.  This happens when you work a few main muscles a lot so they become overdeveloped compared to the smaller muscles.  But these smaller, less dominant muscles are very important!  They lend support and stability to the dominant muscles, improving the efficiency of every movement and preventing injury. 
Intelligent Movement
Common problems related to repetitive motion include:
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Knee injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic low back pain

A regular yoga practice helps prevent these problems by creating balanced strength and stability in otherwise injury-prone parts of the body like the shoulders, knees, and low back.

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