Whether it’s a myriad of injuries or poor mental focus at the plate, something always seems to plague the Rockies. With all the advanced scouting and day-to-day grind the 162 game season can be downright exhausting.
I spoke with Matthew Repplinger, CEO/Visionary of Pro Positive Yoga about the advantages of the Rockies implementing a yoga program to help keep the players healthy and focused. With the culture change happening over at 20th and Blake, introducing yoga to the Rockies to stay focused and healthy couldn’t hurt.
Players such as Evan Longoria, Cole Hamels and Clayton Kershaw have been using yoga their entire careers. It’s now become common practice for players. It’s primary advantages are for strengthening the muscles that connect to all the major muscle groups, to help prevent those oblique and those pesky 15 day DL injury stints.
The other advantage being a better overall mental focus, quieting the mind is the best way to get the most out of your training and increasing your performance on the field.
In 2014 the Rockies placed a player on the DL twenty-five different times, not including players transferred from 15 day to 60 DL. To magnify the injury wows, six of the eight opening day starters spent some time on the DL. Basically the Rockies fielded as bunch of Kenyon Martins’ last year. Since bubble wrap is out of the question, yoga is the perfect option in aiding the guys in overall physical health.
Since the Rockies don’t currently have yoga in their training, I asked Mr. Repplinger how yoga could help the Rockies avoid injuries.
He said, “The Rockies have been hit by the injury bug more than nearly all other teams in MLB. While there is no bullet-proof defense against injuries the postures practiced in yoga are by their very nature intrinsic to strength building. More importantly the strength that is being built is not just in the large muscle groups but the “core” muscle groups (groin, obliques, intercostals). This is important because if you look at any teams disabled list it’s often the core muscles that continue to land players on the 15 day. Furthermore the big muscles become that much stronger when the muscles that connect them are strengthened. Yoga is modern-day steroids.” Continue reading >>