Purpose:This study was performed to assess and compare the effects of Pilates exercise on flexibility and lumbo-pelvic movement control between the Pilates training and control groups.
Methods:A randomized single-blinded controlled design was utilized in the study. Forty healthy male and female volunteers (mean age 31.656.21 years) were randomly divided into Pilates-based training (20 subjects) and the control groups (20 subjects). The Pilates group attended 45-minute training sessions, 2 times per week, for a period of 8 weeks. Flexibility and lumbo-pelvic stability tests were determined as outcome measures using a standard sit and reach test and pressure biofeedback respectively at 0, 4 and 8 weeks of the study.
Results:The results showed that the Pilates training group improved flexibility significantly (
Conclusions:Pilates can be used as an adjunctive exercise program to improve flexibility, enhance control-mobility of trunk and pelvic segments. It may also prevent and attenuate the predisposition to axial musculoskeletal injury.
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