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Sports Pilates

The Sports Pilates program at Central Performance is probably nothing like any Pilates you have done or heard about before. It is specifically designed to elevate your sports performance & prevent injuries. Be one of the first people to discover the powerful results you can achieve by adding load & speed to an advanced whole-body Pilates workout.

Pilates is most widely known for early stage rehabilitation & recovery from back & neck pain. However, there is a vital role for it in sporting populations. This includes endurance & repetitive sports like running & swimming, as well as multi-directional & explosive sports like all of the football codes, racquet sports (tennis, squash) & court sports like basketball & netball.

It is essential for athletes in sports such as distance running to have a strong core & symmetry in their lower limb stability systems. Our Sports Pilates program achieves this by optimising muscle recruitment & reduces the risk of over-use injuries such as tendinopathies, shin splints & stress fractures. A thorough initial assessment will determine if there is an asymmetry in your single leg control based on functional screenings such as single leg squats, heel raises & hopping tests. If an asymmetry is found then your program is tailored to improve that stability deficit & bring you back to symmetrical control. As your symmetry is restored your performance is also increased through improved biomechanical efficiency & control of athletic movements. Essentially, better movement efficiency can improve your technique & this brings improved performance & less risk of injury.

If you play multi-directional sports needing fast changes of direction & pace such as soccer, football, netball, AFL & hockey, the single leg control & stability gained from our Sports Pilates program brings you substantial benefits. It can give you a strong push off & controlled landing for sprinting, jumping & turning movements. Enhanced single-leg stability also brings huge benefits for kicking. Many professional sporting teams include Pilates as compulsory training for their players. Several AFL clubs and well-known English Premier League soccer teams strongly endorse the Clinical Pilates method.

If you would like any more information about how our Sports Pilates program can help drive your performance & reduce your risk of injury please contact Ruben on 9280 2322.