The answer lies in the inherent nature of Pilates and Yoga exercise. First and foremost, Pilates and Yoga works on developing your body awareness so that you are always working out in optimal postural alignment. Standing in good alignment is challenging, but maintaining good alignment while you move is even more difficult. However, no matter what kind of athlete you are, you can simultaneously increase your power and minimize your risk of injury with pilates and yoga training.
Everton FC Youth Squad 2012Pilates also works to balance the body, improve core stability and develop muscular symmetry. If you play a racquet sport such as tennis or golf, or even if you are a recreational bowler, you probably have developed muscle imbalances due to the one-sided nature of your sport. Since such a key part of Pilates is focused on postural alignment, these imbalances will become more obvious to you, and you can work to release the overworked tight muscles, and strengthen the weaker ones with asymmetrical exercise. Again, balancing the body will help to prevent injuries that might otherwise occur when stress is placed on an unstable structure.
Many professional sporting teams use Pilates and Yoga as a method of preventing injury and improving Core Stability. Use the links to find out how Pilates or Yoga could help you with your chosen sport(s).