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The benefits of Pilates as a cross training method has long been recognized in the ballet and dance community. Pilates has become readily accessible to everyone, various sports from football to baseball athletes have embraced Pilates and have openly praised its results. Today, in the world of Tennis, Pilates has made an impact in training , conditioning and injury prevention. It has become the “secret weapon” for amateurs and professionals alike.

What can Pilates do for my game?

Everyone who hears the word Pilates associates it with the Core. You many not realized that is describing not only the abdominal muscles but all the muscles that support the spine, helping you maintain your alignment which is key for precise body movements and stroke execution. Because of the all-encompassing support provided by the core, strengthening it will help prevent injury. Pilates exercises will also improve your ability to manage the balance between mobility and stability in your shoulder, elbow and wrist joints.

The mental connection that Pilates requires contributes to mental discipline on the court. Being able to control the breath and mindfully move the body is key in situations requiring mental toughness.

Can Pilates help me treat or prevent Tennis Elbow?

Any repetitive arm motion including the tennis stroke, particularly the backhand, can lead to stress, tearing and inflammation of the muscles and tendons of the wrist extensors. These are the muscles that bend your wrist back and attach to the outside of your elbow. The resulting pain on the outside of the arm near the elbow is indicative of something not only chronic but degenerative. Pilates can help treat and prevent tennis elbow by methodically stretching and strengthening not only the localized muscles, but the entire body, resulting in much more efficient movement and many more years of play. Here are some tips for prevention or treatment:

  • When performing daily repetitive activities (using a computer, carrying kids, etc.) make sure your wrist is in a neutral position. This position could be seen as a flat wrist, midway between flexion and extension, and utilizes all supporting muscles uniformly.
  • Use light resistance to exercise your wrist extensors, focusing on the portion of the movement that returns your wrist to the starting or neutral position.
  • Make sure your wrist flexor and extensor muscles are well stretched and adequately warmed-up before playing or doing any strenuous activity.
  • Ensure that your tennis racquet has the appropriate grip size and your string tension is current.
  • If you develop symptoms, call Joe & Clara. We’ll be happy to help.

What else can I expect?

You can also expect improvement in the following areas:

  • Muscular endurance and recovery
  • Breathing and circulation
  • Reduction of muscle imbalances
  • Posture and movement skills
  • Body awareness and balance
  • Range of motion and joint integrity

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