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By Terrin Waack The Associated Press

Is yoga more beneficial than stretching for NFL players?

NEW YORK — During the mandatory rookie camp back in June, the New York Giants required players to take a yoga class. Running back Robert Martin walked in, looked around at his new teammates and thought, man, this is crazy.

“We usually don’t do yoga,” he said. “We stretch, but we don’t do yoga.”

Even as a first-timer, though, Martin immediately knew how the two were different .