To eliminate general back pain, rest isn’t necessarily the most effective solution for the athlete. Many athletes experience back pain due to a lack of core strength or inflexibility. Abdominals that look “ripped” don’t necessarily translate into efficient movement which can cause the body to overuse other muscle groups.

For example, hockey requires strength, balance and stamina. Without properly engaging the core while skating, leg muscles will fatigue faster resulting in decreased speed. In addition to inhibiting performance, players can often experience pain in the hips, back and even the neck. Left untreated, lingering pain can cause a variety of injuries due to compensatory movements. Muscle strains and tears, stress fractures and damage to tendons and ligaments are some risks associated with a weak core.

A Pilates based core strengthening program can not only help prevent injuries and enhance performance, but can actually significantly decrease pain.