Pilates Helps Adolescents

Pilates improves muscle flexibility in adolescents with back pain.

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Apr 22, 2019

6-week Pilates program improved core muscle endurance and hamstring flexibility among adolescents between 9 and 19 years with a history of back pain. Research findings from a preliminary study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (2019; doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2019.01.006) showed that a 6-week Pilates mat exercise program with two 55-minute sessions per week can improve conditioning in both young males and young females.

The study is open access and includes the exercises used, their sequencing and the rationale for their selection.


Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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