Anyone involved in applying the Alexander Technique knows it has potentially massive benefits to sportsmen and women. Those training and competing at amateur levels or the elite athletes of this world put their bodies through extreme pressures, which dramatically affects the efficiency of their performance. Having better control over their body can help prevent niggling injuries that are common in various sports.
Most sports place significant demands on the body, which can and does lead to sustaining injuries. Increasing flexibility and freedom helps prevent twists and strains, especially in those with intense training schedules that invite the person to try harder and, therefore, experience excessive muscle tension. If only the following trio of talented sportspeople applied the Alexander Technique to their regimes, they might have enjoyed a more fulfilling career.
Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III was one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the United States as a youngster. Everyone who saw him turn out for Baylor University knew Griffin III was destined for superstardom. They flocked to online sports betting sites to back Baylor because Griffin III had a seemingly unnatural ability to control games from the pocket.
Griffin III spent four seasons as the Baylor quarterback before Washington Football Team, then the Washington Redskins, drafted him second overall in 2012; he had made it to the NFL.
He shone during his NFL rookie season and was crowned the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. However, he suffered ACL and LCL injuries that forced him out of the Pro Bowl.
Injuries during 2013 limited Griffin III to 13 appearances. His career then fell apart, with injuries limiting him to nine games in 2014, before missing the entire 2015 season. From 2012-2020, Griffin III only started 42 games, an average of 5.25 games per season. No wonder he is a free agent.
Soccer fans, particularly those who watch the English Premier League, know all too well about the injury problems endured by midfielder Jack Wilshire. He made his first-team debut for Arsenal in 2008, aged only 16-years, 256 days, making him the youngest-ever player to play for the London club.
Wilshire’s silky skills and amazing dribbling ability had pundits and fans comparing him to the English greats of yesteryear. However, frequent injuries have blighted Wilshire’s career to the point that no professional team is prepared to offer him a contract despite him only being 29 years old and having turned out 34 times for the England national team.
Experts believe Wilshire’s problems are due to how he runs with the ball and how he quickly twists and turns; could changing and improving his posture resolve his issues? Wilshire suffered an ankle injury in the 2011/12 season that ultimately required surgery. He was in the treatment room for 183 days and missed 35 matches.
Wilshire has only managed to play 196 of a possible 536 league matches over his 13-year career.
Golf legend Tiger Woods has enjoyed a remarkable, almost unrivalled career. Woods has won more than $120 million in prize money alone, and possibly ten times that amount from sponsorship deals and endorsements. One does wonder what else Woods could have achieved had he not suffered from dozens of injuries during his long and illustrious career.
Knee injuries plagued Woods during the earlier stages of his career, but he battled through them. He has undergone several surgeries to repair cartilage damage and to repair his ACL more than once.
More recently, back injuries have severely limited Woods’ playing time on the course. He underwent his fourth major back surgery in April 2017 and his fifth in January 2021, the latter removed a bone fragment pinching a nerve.
In February 2021, Woods crashed his SUV and suffered extensive ankle and leg breaks, which look set to end Woods’ career.