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Pilates for Injury Rehab and Prevention
Using Pilates to Help Prevent Orthopedic Injuries
Pilates has become a common way to exercise. Pilates is a technique that focuses on core strengthening, balance, and flexibility. These principles are some of the same principles used in the rehabilitation of many common orthopedic problems. Therefore, Pilates is more commonly being used in the prevention and rehabilitation of these orthopedic problems. 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. We strongly recommend you get your doctor's approval first.
How Can Pilates Help an Injured Athlete or Individual?
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 and does not induce inflammation and overuse syndromes. Increases in strength and flexibility to the injured body part can be achieved to most injuries whether they are new or old. It is always recommended to get a doctor’s approval before beginning any type of rehabilitation. It is always recommended to get a doctor's approval before beginning any type of rehabilitation.
How Can Pilates Help Prevent Injury?
Pilates is being used by more athletes as a means to "cross train." 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 "neuromuscular control," which has been used to prevent injuries including ACL tears and ankle sprains.