Pilates is becoming a popular form of exercise which focuses on six core principles including: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breathing and Flow. These are many of the same principles used in the rehabilitation of common orthopaedic problems. Pilates is commonly being used in the prevention and rehabilitation of these orthopaedic problems.
Athletes have started using Pilates regularly to help develop and maintain their core strength, balance and flexibility. It is possible that regular Pilates may help keep the athlete injury-free and help enhance performance.
Pilates uses many of the same principles used to help injured athletes recover, with a focus on control of movement, which may prevent further injury to the body. Pilates is a low-impact exercise and does not create inflammation.
Pilates helps to teach the body more efficient and balanced movement by strengthening core muscles. Pilates improves flexibility to help prevent injury and individuals who have better core strength are thought to have better dynamic control of their movements, and are less likely to sustain injuries.