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Football Practice Report: Sept. 17 – GoDucks.com

By Rob Moseley
Editor, GoDucks.com

Venue: Moshofsky Center
Format: Walk-through

Each week when the Ducks finish their walk-through, two days before kickoff, their focus shifts from down-and-distance to downward dog.

Since last year, Oregon’s Thursday practices end with 10 minutes of yoga-influenced stretching. The team gets into the “stretch lines” you might have seen prior to warmups for games, and drops to the turf for a routine led by a certified athletic trainer.

After an hour or so walking through offense, defense and special teams plays the Ducks will use against Georgia State on Saturday (11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks), the tempo slowed even further.

The routine incorporates elements of not only yoga but pilates, along with principles of athletic medicine, said the athletic trainer who leads the stretching, Stephanie Brooks. She also emphasizes breathing during the routine.

“The breathing, the yoga piece and then just the general mobility stretches all work together to get them a little more relaxed before they have to ramp it back up again,” Brooks said.

The stretches incorporated are based on what suits the players best. “For instance, the hip flexor – we target that,” Brooks said. “They don’t need a lot of hamstring stretches, they need more hip flexor stretches. So we do that.”

Senior defensive end DeForest Buckner was in the program before the routine was incorporated, and in the two years since. He said the Ducks see its benefits.

“Stretching is a big part of recovery, and I doubt a lot of guys do a lot of stretching in their free time,” he said. “So that’s a big thing.”

Observations: As this was a walk-through, there are no highlights to offer. … A day after quarterback Vernon Adams told media he would be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game, UO head coach Mark Helfrich said, “We’ll find out. Both guys (Adams and Jeff Lockie) have been doing good things. We’ll figure it out.” … After a breakout performance last week at Michigan State, Bralon Addison looks to be pushing for a return to the starting lineup this week. He started the opener but came off the bench against the Spartans.

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