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Pilates for Athletes: How Pilates Can Transform Your Game

Pilates for Athletes: How Pilates Can Transform Your Game

While Pilates as an exercise form has been in the US for almost a century it has only recently become popular practice by teams and athletes in organizations such as the NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA.

They are recognizing that Pilates is one of the best forms of holistic conditioning a top-tier athlete can participate in. The integration of the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle and emphasis on proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment and smooth flowing movement allows athletes to access each part of the body individually, and become familiar with the functional mechanics. With Pilates training, athletes can hit the ball farther, run faster, and jump higher – all while decreasing their risk of injury.

Basketball and Pilates

Few sports place greater athletic demands on participants than basketball. Basketball requires the jumping ability to compete for rebounds, shoot over opponents and contest shots. Players...

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