235769 Yoga and Sports Medicine

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Brandon Eggleston, PhD MPH CHES RYT , Health Services Program, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
Jay Polsgrove, PhD , Department of Physical Education, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
Yoga is an emerging complementary medicine technique that has many benefits for those who practice. Today yoga is being use as a part of a sports medicine program for college and professional athletes. This study involved tracking four different groups of college athletes who were either assigned to a yoga practice group or a control group. Participants all regularly participated in athletic training programs, but only two of the four groups practiced yoga. Results identified that yoga led to a significant improve in flexibility measures based upon yoga postures that were taught over the course of a 10 week program. Additionally, the intensity and type of other training techniques have significant impacts on participants flexibility (heavy weight lifting) and also the natural flexibility of individuals who play different types of sports (baseball versus soccer). Yoga was also believed to improve concentration and muscle recovery for athletes.

Learning Areas:
Public health biology
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
-Define yoga as a therapy for those who participate in athletic training programs. -List the benefits of yoga for young adults -Discuss how CAM techniques are being embraced by the current models of medicine including sports medicine.

Keywords: Intervention, Adult Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a registered yoga teacher; experienced yoga researcher; certified health education specialist; and statistician.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.