Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Health Promotion and Human Performance
Anthony Moreno, PhD, Chair
Christine Karshin, PhD
James Sweet, MS
Among baseball athletes, joint range of motion (ROM) is considered an important physical characteristic with respect to injury prevention and performance. Professional and intercollegiate programs employ various methods of flexibility training; however, to date, no literature exists with regard to the effect of a yoga-based training program. The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of a sport-specific yoga program among NCAA Division I intercollegiate baseball players. Subjects (N=30, age 19.42 ±1.37 years) were assessed for shoulder joint (SH), hamstring (HS), and groin (GR) ROM and subsequently followed a 12-week, 2x/week yoga intervention. Post-test results indicated significant improvements in SH and HS (p<0.05). Future investigations should evaluate the influence of longitudinal yoga interventions on injury incidence and specific performance parameters (e.g., speed, bat acceleration, pitching velocity) important to the game of baseball.
McLean, Julie Biernat, "Effects of yoga on physical characteristics on NCAA division I baseball athletes" (2009). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 242.