Workshops for Footballers
Football is one of the world’s most physically demanding sports.
Strength, endurance, speed and agility: it requires all of these, plus muscle balance and flexibility to prevent injury.
Football managers such as Arsene Wenger have long preached the crucial importance of stretching, suppleness and flexibility; the very things that Pilates does best. A growing number of top football players do Pilates as a way of improving co-ordination, mobility and flexibility, as well as for both recovering from injuries and preventing them in the first place.
David Beckham was introduced to Pilates while he was playing for AC Milan. After adding Pilates to his conditioning program, Beckham dropped his total body fat to 8.5 percent, from 13.7.
In the quest for the winning edge, modern footballers benefit from Pilates in both preparation for matches and rehabilitation after injuries.
Football managers such as Arsène Wenger of Arsenal, have long preached the crucial importance of stretching, suppleness and flexibility – the very things that Pilates does best.
Football can be physically gruelling, draining bodies that may already be fatigued. However, recent years have brought a growing willingness to look outside the sport for ideas, in particular to address the injury toll associated with over-training of certain muscle groups.
With football demanding rapid directional changes often at near-maximum pace, an inflexible physique is unhelpful.
Hamstring tears are also common in Football and a properly tailored programme of Pilates, focusing on the stabiliser muscles of the pelvis (the buttocks and groin muscles), will help prevent them.
Benefits of the Pilates for Footballers:
- Builds core strength for improved efficiency and endurance
- Enhances your range of motion in the hips and legs
- Improve your posture through spinal alignment
- Improves stability and balance
- Builds long lean muscles for strength without added bulk
- Increases flexibility
- Restores natural posture and alignment of the body
- Corrects imbalances in the body, reducing the risk of injury
- Increases stamina and endurance through proper breathing techniques
- Quicker recovery from injury
- Helps prevent injury