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The researchers hypothesized that a customized yoga program would improve the speed skaters “physical literacy” and “muscle synergy” and that the newly learned movements skills would transfer to their skating.

They wanted to see if adding yoga classes to their regular training programs would diversify their movement skills and if it would help to reduce risk of injury during high volume training periods. They’re not suggesting that yoga should replace any of their training, but wondering if it might enhance it.

TITLE: Influences of a yoga intervention on the postural skills of the Italian short track speed skating team


PUBLICATION: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine by Dove Press

DATE: February 2015

AUTHORS : Jean-François Brunelle, Sébastien Blais-Coutu, Kenan Gouadec, Éric Bédard, Philippe Fait

SAID principle: Specific Adaptation of Imposed Demands is a principle in exercise science that asserts that the human body adapts specifically to imposed demands. In other words, given stressors on the human system, whether biomechanical or neurological, there will be a specific change in the body as a result of that stressor.

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