Football takes up yoga


Dan King

While most of us are enjoying an extra hour of sleep on ‘Reverse C’ schedules, the football team is working hard on staying in shape.

The football team began doing yoga on reverse C schedules. There has been a large number of players showing up each time. Freshman quarterback Drew Gunther said “It actually really helps.”

“I was kind of worried if [the players] were going to enjoy it, but I asked them after, and yes, most of them do enjoy it,” said coach Jeff Carroll.


Yoga is not a new thing for the football team, Carroll said. “It was something we had done with the football program for a while in 2010, 2011, 2012. Around there we had another instructor come in.”

Coach Jim Panetta was the one who started then because he was into the yoga, Carroll said.

“This time around it was all of us coaches [that wanted to do it.] [Head varsity] coach Brady thought it would be a good idea.”

Professional football teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants have started to incorporate yoga into their training. Yoga is a different type of training that has shown to help athletes.

“It’s a different test of strength than traditional or conventional strength training with weights. It’s a lot more balance and concentration than anything else; whereas, weightlifting is just complete strength, so this is putting their bodies in different situations that are athletically applicable,” Carroll said, “I think that it’s a misconception about yoga, that it is stretching… There’s a lot of balancing and bodyweight strength training.”

In a study published in the International Journal of Physical Education, Sports, and Health, Luxmi Shurma wrote, “A particular sport can develop certain muscle groups while ignoring others. Over time, this process causes imbalances in the muscles and joints, leading to overuse