Pilates in Football

Football specific Pilates Courses are available – please contact charlotte@live-pilates.co.uk or call me on 07801 444825 to discuss your clubs needs.

A growing number of footballers do Pilates as a way of:

  • Improving co-ordination
  • Increasing mobility and flexibility
  • To help reduce injuries
  • To rehabilitate from injuries

Many of the injuries sustained on the football pitch are unavoidable, resulting from the inherently physical nature of the sport, but many injuries which lay players off for several weeks are certainly avoidable if a player has an increased awareness of muscle in-balances and how to correct them through stretching,, mobilising and core stability work – the very things that Pilates do best!

Some of the most common football injuries are:

  • Groin injuries
  • Hamstring strains
  • Cruciate ligament injuries
  • Ankle injuries
  • Trauma injuries from tackles
  • Back problems – disc related when a footballer will kick the ball from the back instead of the hip

As mentioned earlier much of the problem lies with muscle imbalance in the body, those related to footballers are:

  • Strong, overworked quadriceps
  • Strong and tight hamstrings
  • Shortened ankle muscles
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Tight hip flexors
  • Overworked back extensors
  • Weak gluteals
  • Weak transversus abdominis
  • Weak back stabilisers

The end result is a body with poor trunk and pelvic stability and poor flexibility. With the nature of football from a professional to an amateur almost every footballer favours one leg or one side so you will also have a unilateral balance.

A dedicated Pilates programme can help to alleviate imbalances and keep you off the bench!