Reduce Back Pain and Prevent Injuries With Post-Game Yoga

October 30, 2011 | Angela Tague

Must See Sports Injuries Videos

After a grueling session on the court, field or track, most athletes head straight for the showers. But the failure to stretch can cause muscle damage. According to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the best ways to prevent chronic back problems down the road is a quick post-game yoga session.

The study, which followed sufferers of chronic back pain, found that the stretching movements in yoga were the key to a pain-free life. After 12 weeks of post-exercise stretching, participants in the study reduced their use of anti-inflammatory drugs by 40 percent.

If you want to recover more quickly after a tough game, put down the ice pack and start stretching. Follow the lead of pro teams like the Cincinnati Bengals, who have incorporated yoga into their conditioning. Hip flexor stretches like Upward-Facing Dog and Extended Side Angle with Knee Down help strengthen the core, and Sun Salutations stretch the spine. By focusing on the back and core, athletes can go a long way toward alleviating soreness and preventing injuries.

Not sure yoga is for you? Avoid back trouble with core strengthening exercises like Side Planks and BOSU Side-Ups. Instituting a stretching routine after workouts and games can keep you healthy all year long.

Topics: NEWS | YOGA | BACK | EXERCISES

Featured Videos

Path to the Pros 2015: Marcus Mariota Path to the Pros 2015: Marcus Mariota Views: 1,265,894
Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 2: Laying the Groundwork Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 2: Laying the Groundwork Views: 197,143
Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 4: Skill Training Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 4: Skill Training Views: 396,957
Load More

Resources

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Robert Griffin III Pocket Presence QB Drill Robert Griffin III Pocket Presence QB Drill
Views: 6,866,189
Peyton Manning Dumbbell Bench With 80+ Pounds Peyton Manning Dumbbell Bench With 80+ Pounds
Views: 43,354,155
Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill Ohio State Football Open Field Plyo Drill
Views: 9,501,209
Dustin Pedroia on Training Dustin Pedroia on Training
Views: 10,920,916
Dwight Howard Stays in the Gym All Night Dwight Howard Stays in the Gym All Night
Views: 6,134,125

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like
STUDY: Female Athletes Are at Higher Risk of Overuse Injuries

STUDY: Female Athletes Are at Higher Risk of Overuse Injuries

Basketball Players: Prevent Ankle Sprains With These 3 Exercises

Basketball Players: Prevent Ankle Sprains With These 3 Exercises

Reducing Low-Back Pain: What You Need to Know

Reducing Low-Back Pain: What You Need to Know

5 Tips to Intelligently Train Through Lower Back Pain

5 Tips to Intelligently Train Through Lower Back Pain

Megan Rapinoe’s Secret to Staying Healthy

Megan Rapinoe's Secret to Staying Healthy

Predicting the Impact of DeMarco Murray's Hand Injury

Predicting the Impact of DeMarco Murray's Hand Injury

6 Ways to Prevent Common Sports Injuries

6 Ways to Prevent Common Sports Injuries

4 Sports Massage Techniques to Relieve Tight Muscles

4 Sports Massage Techniques to Relieve Tight Muscles

How to Prevent In-Season Volleyball Injuries

How to Prevent In-Season Volleyball Injuries

5 Bodyweight Exercises to Prevent Baseball Injuries

5 Bodyweight Exercises to Prevent Baseball Injuries

10 Ways to Fix Back Pain

10 Ways to Fix Back Pain

6 Simple Tips to Prevent Knee Injuries

6 Simple Tips to Prevent Knee Injuries

The Future of Sports Injury Rehabilitation

The Future of Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Connective Tissue: The Key to Preventing ACL Injuries

Connective Tissue: The Key to Preventing ACL Injuries

8 of the Most Ridiculous Off-Field Athlete Injuries of All Time

8 of the Most Ridiculous Off-Field Athlete Injuries of All Time

Avoid ACL Injuries in Softball with PREP

Avoid ACL Injuries in Softball with PREP

How to Train With Running Blisters

How to Train With Running Blisters

5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Muscle Injuries

5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Muscle Injuries

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy On and Off the Field

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy On and Off the Field

Quarterbacks: 4 Tips to Keep Your Throwing Shoulder Healthy

Quarterbacks: 4 Tips to Keep Your Throwing Shoulder Healthy

7 Ways to Fix Back Pain

7 Ways to Fix Back Pain

Prevent ACL Injuries With This Hamstring-Focused Workout

Prevent ACL Injuries With This Hamstring-Focused Workout

How to Treat Piriformis Syndrome

How to Treat Piriformis Syndrome

Preventing ACL Injuries in Soccer Players

Preventing ACL Injuries in Soccer Players

Impressive Advances in ACL Rehab

Impressive Advances in ACL Rehab

Why Tommy John Surgery Is Ruining Pitchers

Why Tommy John Surgery Is Ruining Pitchers

4 Tips to Relieve Muscle Stiffness

4 Tips to Relieve Muscle Stiffness

Coaches: Prevent Injuries With the Recovery Management Tool

Coaches: Prevent Injuries With the Recovery Management Tool

3 Steps to Prevent Soccer ACL Injuries

3 Steps to Prevent Soccer ACL Injuries

How to Prevent Hamstring Injuries

How to Prevent Hamstring Injuries

Sports Hernias: What You Need to Know

Sports Hernias: What You Need to Know

3 Steps to Alleviate a Sore Neck

3 Steps to Alleviate a Sore Neck

2 Ways to Fix Anterior Pelvic Tilt

2 Ways to Fix Anterior Pelvic Tilt

Avoid Low-Back Pain With These 7 In-Season Exercises

Avoid Low-Back Pain With These 7 In-Season Exercises

What’s With the Stethoscope? Heart Murmurs in Athletes

What's With the Stethoscope? Heart Murmurs in Athletes

The Secret Weapon Powering Stephen Curry's Resurgence

The Secret Weapon Powering Stephen Curry's Resurgence

Evan Gattis's Protection-Enhanced Catcher's Helmet

Evan Gattis's Protection-Enhanced Catcher's Helmet

How to Prevent Baseball Injuries During the Off-Season

How to Prevent Baseball Injuries During the Off-Season

Fix 3 Common Ankle Problems to Prevent Injury

Fix 3 Common Ankle Problems to Prevent Injury

Achilles Tendon Ruptures: Prevention and Recovery

Achilles Tendon Ruptures: Prevention and Recovery

6 Steps for Recovering From a Season-Ending Injury

6 Steps for Recovering From a Season-Ending Injury

6 Stretches to Alleviate Lower-Back Pain

6 Stretches to Alleviate Lower-Back Pain

Dry Needling: Powerful, Drug-Free Pain Relief for Athletes

Dry Needling: Powerful, Drug-Free Pain Relief for Athletes

Eliminate Elbow Pain with These 3 Methods

Eliminate Elbow Pain with These 3 Methods

STUDY: Imaginary Exercise Helps You Recover Faster From Injury

STUDY: Imaginary Exercise Helps You Recover Faster From Injury

YardBarker