Injuries tend to take a toll on any sportsperson and how that individual counters all the agony is what determines the success. Injuries are something that are pretty synonymous with former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. Several renowned former greats believe that Watson could never play to his full potential owing to his frequent injuries. A clear example of that has been his bowling.
When Watson burst onto the international stage in 2002, he could scale down the 145 km/hr radar with sheer ease. But with injuries coming into the picture, his pace dropped down by a significant margin. In his recent interaction on the sidelines of the IPL, where he represents the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Watson said that yoga was the reason which got him fit.
“If I was helping someone coming through who has similar injury issues to me, there are two things I would definitely recommend,” Watson said. “The first is the meditation side of things – just have a bit of chill out time, because life and cricket are all very busy and you just need time for your body and mind to relax a bit. “But the most important thing is yoga. “For quite a while a lot of people were saying you shouldn’t stretch, you shouldn’t be over-flexible, so I hardly stretched,” all rounder added.
“But now I’ve been doing yoga and it’s just changed things totally. “I would have got a different result if I had have done yoga throughout my career, there’s no doubt. “It’s only half an hour a day before training, before playing. It’s pretty simple and I think that might have made a big difference,” said Watson, adding about the benefits of yoga.
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