Koscielny credits his injury-free season to his yoga classes

Koscielny credits his injury-free season to his yoga classes

Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny has credited his yoga classes for the relative ease he has enjoyed this season despite his long-standing Achilles injury.

The France International revealed in May 2017 that he will have to be treated daily for the rest of his career so as to deal with chronic tendinitis in both feet, this has prompted his club and national team to manage him cautiously.
He has enjoyed a relatively injury-free season as the 32-year old has made 24 appearances in the League for the Gunners this season.

In January, Koscielny began a course of yoga and has only missed three games, two of which were Europa League round of 32 ties against Ostersund where he was on the bench.

“I feel a lot better physically,” Koscielny said. “My tendons don’t hurt anymore, I’m more relaxed and positive. I’ve found a way to get away from football.
“I was a little reticent at first, but there are a lot of areas which have helped me relax and be a lot more positive in terms of football and also my everyday life.”
He added: “I can recover better after the matches. At Arsenal, a yoga teacher comes once a week to give classes, which is another form of therapy that allows you to work on relaxation, meditation, breathing, stretching, many important areas for a football player.”