Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware credits off-season yoga work with helping improve his neck strength and flexibility since he suffered a major neck stinger in 2009.
Coach Jason Garrett said he, too, has benefitted from the yoga sessions along with tight end Jason Witten, defensive end Kenyon Coleman, defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and others.
Garrett said more than a dozen players regularly participated in the weekly off-season sessions, which he deemed a success.
“When you’re a big guy and you get a little bit older, the (added) flexibility is huge,” Garrett said. “Everything we can do to try to help develop our players individually to become the best they can be, we believe, is going to help our football team. And the yoga program is a part of that.”
Garrett said the Cowboys had roughly 10 sessions throughout the off-season, attended by “a dozen … maybe 20 guys” each week. Garrett, a longtime yoga participant, expressed satisfaction with the results.
“A lot of guys embraced it. I think it was a good thing for our our team,” Garrett said. “Flexibility is important for players. If they can maintain that flexibility, it’s going to help you with your agility and your explosiveness and your strength.”
_ Jimmy Burch