The concept of “pre-hab” is becoming increasingly popular in sports. A nickname of sorts for injury prevention, this type of training is not only sought after by athletes, but organizations as a whole are beginning to incorporate various methods.
“Pre-hab” can be defined as a proactive approach to avoiding pain, preventable injury and unnecessary surgery. This is accomplished through a balance of strength and stability. By training the most vulnerable areas and focusing on efficient movement patterns, athletes can help increase their chances of staying healthy while improving performance.
For years, Pilates has been quietly used by elite athletes to enhance their training. Athletes in various sports, and professional teams, have embraced Pilates and its popularity continues to grow.
How does Pilates work as “Pre-hab”?
•Teaches proper activation of trunk stabilizers to promote efficient movement
•Combines mobility and stability to improve functional performance, posture and alignment
•Balances strength and flexibility to increase agility while strengthening smaller, supporting muscle groups
•Helps correct muscle imbalances, posture, recruitment deficiencies and poor movement patterns
•Aids in recovery without contributing fatigue
•Increases blood flow to help the body remove lactic acid and other waste products
•Helps relieve pain and soreness through targeted, active stretching
In addition, and possibly one of the most important benefits of Pilates is the enhancement of the mind and body connection. Pilates requires an athlete to execute complete control of their movements, improving body awareness.
Combine the physical benefits with a strong mind-body connection, and Pilates can be an invaluable part of a complete training program.