Being an athlete starts off with fun and games until the monster called competition creeps up on you, and takes you downhill through a tunnel filled with sweat stained dreams, haywire limits and unforgiving injuries. What started off as a hobby becomes the most integral part of your life – suddenly you are expected to be more sportsperson than human, where is the time left then, to listen to what your body has to say? Turning a deaf ear to your pains and pushing through discomfort is not as smart as you think it may be.
An athlete’s body has a taxing journey through life, it requires the discipline of an army man, the perseverance of a woman in labor and the stubborn will of a child. To top it off, the following thoughts must be pestering you constantly, amongst your other worries:
- You are so physically active, then why should you get injured as often as you do?
- It’s been years since you’ve been playing and your body still feels stiff, how is it not adapted as yet?
Most of the time, athletes have intense muscle strain as a result of their strenuous training routines, repetitive movements and demanding lifestyles. Well, your dilemmas are rightly justified, and its troubleshooting lies in your ‘fascia’.
Fascia may sound like a fancy dessert from a French café’s menu, but it is actually a pliable connective tissue that covers your body’s anatomy, divides and connects its architecture. It looks quite like the membrane around each section of an orange; the fascia tissues also serve as a layer of protection and body awareness. It includes up to 30 percent of a muscle’s total mass, and, according to a study, it accounts for approximately 41 percent of a muscle’s total resistance to movement.
The good news is that the fascia tissue can be manipulated by stretching which is why a rising number of athletes are incorporating yoga into their training protocol. Yoga allows you to free your body of muscle knots, tension, fatigue, stress and prepares you to persevere through your game with focus and a better sense of balance in terms of mind and body.
Author : Nida Aziz