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Athletes and Weekend Warriors: Here’s How to Use Yoga to Prevent Injuries

Bravo, weekend warriors. You work long days Monday through Friday but keep the commitment to move your body on a regular basis despite your busy schedule.

While I applaud you, I also offer a word of caution: be mindful of injuries. Jumping into a high intensity physical activity over the weekend after a rather sedentary existence during the week can put your body at risk for injury.

Hamstring strains, Achilles tendonitis, and low back pain are common injuries afflicting athletes and weekend warriors. The good news is that yoga is an effective way to prepare the body for movement and also help the body repair itself afterward.

Whether you’re an all-the-time athlete, a weekend warrior, or a blend of the two, this article explains what you should keep in mind both before and after your workouts. You will also learn how to use yoga to prevent injury with several yoga poses.

To find out how to use yoga to prevent injuries, click here to read the full article originally published on

About the Author

Daya Grant

Daya Grant

Daya Alexander Grant, Ph.D., M.S., is a neuroscientist, mental performance coach, and yoga teacher who specializes in helping athletes train their minds through the application of science-backed mental skills and meditation techniques. She has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology/Sport Psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA, where her research focused on the long-term consequences of repeat concussions. After completing her doctorate in 2015, she served as a neuroscience consultant and helped launch the education curriculum for the LoveYourBrain Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with traumatic brain injuries. She has created two courses for Yoga Medicine: Yoga for Triathletes and Yoga for Concussion. She has a private practice based in Los Angeles, where she also loves writing, competing in triathlon, and enjoying the beach life with her husband and their 3-year-old son.

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