Pilates for Tennis

The benefits of Pilates as a cross training method has long been recognized in the world of dance. As the Method became more accessible and mainstream, various sports from baseball to cycling 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. This describes not only the abdominal muscles but all the muscles that support the spine, helping you maintain your alignment which is key for precise body mechanics in ground movement 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 mind-body connection that Pilates employs is so complete that it 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. It's this mental toughness that will give you the edge in any performance situation.

Can Pilates help me treat or prevent Tennis Elbow?

The repetitive motion of a 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:

What else can I expect?

Pilates for Tennis and Injury PreventionYou can also expect improvement in the following areas:

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See what people are saying...

"Pilates has strengthened my core which has helped me with my tennis game. Along with the increased flexibility in my hamstrings I no longer have the lower back pain I used to experience on long car drives."
- Michael D., Westlake Village