Monday, November 01, 2004
Stretching the Talent
The Hawkeyes added weekly yoga sessions to their training. I think this is a great move on the part of new associate head coach Craig Neal, who started the program here. It should provide important benefits that are often overlooked in athletic training. Weight training is obviously integral to any athletic program, and is usually emphasized, but it's only part of the picture. Increased flexibilty allows athletes to take their added strength from the weight room and apply it to an increased range of motion. The players mentioned that they lacked flexibility before they started yoga, so I think we'll see improvements in their athleticism if they stick with the program. Coach Alford even mentioned the possibility of adding a second session each week, which I'm all for. Players should also see improvements in their mobility and balance, and a decreased susceptibility to injury.