Pilates and injury prevention

Pilates isn’t just a fun form of exercise – it was originally created by Joseph Pilates to help soldiers recover from their wounds in World War II and to prevent muscle mass loss while they were lying in bed for weeks or months, resting and recovering. Not only can Pilates help you with recovery, it can also help with injury prevention.

How can Pilates help to prevent injuries?

Pilates is all about a healthy body. Though Pilates offers a full-body workout, it also helps to prevent injuries, because Pilates is built around anatomy and low-impact strength training.

In fact, when Olga Smirnova, a Russian ballet dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet, got injured, she turned to Pilates to help with her recovery process. She also says in an article with Well and Good, that she believes that Pilates can help to prolong her stage life and to recover faster from her training – which ultimately reduces the risk of injuries of a fatigued body.

When you recover faster, you won’t encounter as many risks in your training, whatever sport you may be doing. For instance, a better recovery will decrease the possibility of sprained muscles and inflammation among other things.

Who can do Pilates?

The beauty of Pilates lies just here: anyone can do Pilates regardless of their age or fitness level. Pilates is especially popular among dancers and actors, who want to stay slim and yet exercise their strength, flexibility, and balance.

Is Pilates good for pregnant women?

Pregnant women can also do Pilates – in fact, it is a very good way of exercising throughout your entire pregnancy. Just make sure that you practice Pilates with a pre- and post-natal certified teacher, if you are pregnant.

Even elderly people can benefit from Pilates in many ways. Pilates can even help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, while it helps older people to improve balance and stay flexible.

Even many top athletes prefer to do Pilates as a supplemental or preventative sport. In many sports, such as weight-lifting, soccer, horseback riding and others, you have to have great balance and flexibility, which Pilates can help you with.

How to get started?

You can get started with Pilates by contacting a local Pilates instructor or a studio. You can take group classes or have someone teach you privately. If you reside close to Great Neck, New York, you can contact us at Pilates Mastery and we will help you get started!


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