What makes players like wayne rooney and robin van persie halt at 30 while others like cristiano ronaldo flourish_ _ the independent

Manchester United had just won last season’s FA Cup when Coleen Rooney approached Louis van Gaal and said something which suggested that a penny had dropped very late in her husband’s football development. How to yoga nidra “I want to thank you for giving him responsibility. Gentle yoga sequence for beginners It’s made him live better,” she said.


The evidence of the past six weeks tells us that Rooney grew up and saw the light too late. Yoga for life setauket Dropped from the Manchester United and England teams in the space of 18 days, he returns to the Premier League arena at risk of dropping out of the football narrative altogether, at the age of 30 (he’ll be 31 in 10 days’ time). Kundalini yoga kriyas It compounds the pain that Cristiano Ronaldo, eight months older than Rooney, said this week that he wanted “to play five or six more years… and keep the level of recent seasons” and no one in Madrid (or anywhere else) questioned him.

Similarly Rooney’s new United team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is even older at 34, has rejected any talk of a China adventure because he is confident he can still play football at the highest level.

The prevailing opinion in the Netherlands is that he is paying the price for playing so much so young. Best beginner yoga video youtube He started as a 17-year-old, was a Uefa Cup winner at 19 with Feyenoord, for whom he’d played more than 60 times by the age of 21. Yoga pictures for 2 His physical fragility has much to do with it too. All about yoga henderson nv Injuries curtailed his appearances for Arsenal. Santa cruz yoga classes In retrospect, there were even signs in van Gaal’s team at the 2014 World Cup that the end was nigh. Free online yoga challenge After 45 minutes or so in those games, he was finished.

But another Dutch player, Dirk Kuyt, began his football early too, with Utrecht, ran himself into the ground for Liverpool for six years and yet is still starting every game for Feyenoord this season, aged 36. Yoga chair pose sequence Kuyt surrounds himself with physiotherapists and sports science specialists whom he has engaged to extend his career. Yoga stretches for neck and shoulders This obsession is consistent with other footballers who are now carrying on into their 30s.

Gareth Barry cites yoga as a significant part of how he, now aged 35, has his own extended career beyond 600 Premier League games. Nada yoga “I’ve changed some things. Youtube fitnessblender yoga I do an extra warm-up in the morning, I do yoga and look after myself a bit better on recovery days, but I wouldn’t say there is a plan. Restorative yoga sequence It could be good genes off my mum and dad.”

In doing so he followed in the path famously established by Ryan Giggs, who clung to yoga as one of his professional lifelines. Yoga for stomach gas It kept him going for 13 more years.

Ibrahimovic has brought to Old Trafford his own long-serving physio, Italian Dario Fort, who has worked with him in Milan and Paris. Yoga for beginners youtube videos The Swede published a terrifying looking image of himself in an altitude mask five days ago. Kaliyalla pranayam video songs free download Ronaldo’s chiselled physique reflects his years of near obsessive gym regime.

On the basis that the estimated average Premier League player salary is currently £2.29m a year, 10 years of yoga or Pilates could, on the face of things, be worth close to £10m in earnings if it means a player can go on until 35, rather than 31.

The problem for Rooney is that prolonging a career is not as straightforward as that. Divya yoga zagreb Yoga and Pilates can improve the longevity of a player and the “enlightened” ones will go try it, says Rob Swire, head physiotherapist at Manchester United for 23 years until 2014. Pilates yoga workout 30 minutes But it doesn’t work for everyone. Postures de yoga et bienfaits “If a player is weak at the end of the muscular range they are stretching and holding, it can worsen injuries. Printable beginner yoga poses chart It doesn’t suit everybody,” he says.

Swire, who is unable to discuss individual Manchester United players, said that the “wear and tear and number of games” inflicted on a player thrown early into demanding first team football is a more significant factor when it comes to assessing how long a career will last.

Genetics and a player’s metabolism are also part of the equation. Yoga journal conference estes park “If your physiology isn’t suited to intense, high level football then there is a limit to what you can do about it,” he adds. Yoga retreats india 2014 “You may be brilliant as a 12 or 15-year-old and get away with things physically then but if your body isn’t suited then you can have problems later and get repeated injuries.”

Rooney has endured a vast workload – 528 games in all since the age of 17 – which is a huge factor in his own diminishing power but, by every available account, has not been a yoga convert. Anchorage yoga schedule Edwin van der Sar, who witnessed Giggs’ sessions while at United, said last year that Rooney should try it.

Swire says that footballers’ careers are generally lasting longer because they are better looked after medically, with the advent of sports science and better coach education in the past 15 years. Yogamatters Rooney has not caught as much of that wave as some.

The striker’s world is also a more competitive place. Mysore mandala yogashala “When there were two strikers up front a younger one could play off the older,” says James Scowcroft, formerly of Leicester City and Crystal Palace. Wild lotus yoga “Now there is often only one that opportunity has gone.” One minute Scowcroft was beating Championship defenders for Palace, the next he was struggling at Leyton Orient a few divisions down. Yoga poses for weight loss for beginners “l was gone in 18 months.”

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