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Football, men’s soccer turn to yoga

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At first glance, the Dartmouth football team and men’s soccer team might not have much in common. When it comes to training, however, both are fluent in terms such as “lord of the fishes” and “pigeon pose,” which have been used during team yoga sessions. Instructed by Julia Cedergren — the wife of men’s soccer assistant coach Johan Cedergren — the teams have incorporated yoga to help the athletes improve flexibility and stretch out tight muscles. While the soccer team is entering its second year of supplemental yoga, the football team completed its first term with weekly sessions this Fall. “I’ve been noticing this semester in particular that we have a lot of flexibility issues with the hips, the hamstrings and the shoulders,” football strength and conditioning coach Kaitlin Sweeney said. “[Yoga] is a great way for them to work on those weaknesses as a team, instead of having to do it on their own.” Due to NCAA regulations on practice hours, the yoga sessions are optional for the football team, but around 35 players have chosen to attend each class. Head coach Buddy Teevens has also participated in a few sessions.

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Football, men’s soccer turn to yoga