How Can Pilates Help?
Pilates uses many of the same principles used to help injured athletes recuperate. Pilates focuses on control of movement, so as to prevent further injury to the body. Pilates is low-impact, less stressful on the heart and lungs and does not induce inflammation and overuse syndromes. In fact, professional athletes in some sports have started performing Pilates regularly to help develop their core strength and flexibility. It is thought that these skills may help keep the athlete injury-free and help enhance performance.
How Can Pilates Help Prevent Injury?
Pilates is being used by more athletes as a means to “crosstrain.” by strengthening the core muscles, Pilates helps to teach the body more efficient and balanced movement. Pilates improves flexibility to help prevent injury. Athletes who have better core strength are thought to have better dynamic control of their movements, and are less likely to sustain injuries. This is what is known as “nueromuscular control” which has been used to prevent injuries including ACL tears and ankle sprains.