April 2022

PILATES EFFECTIVE AT IMPROVING POSTURE IN YOUNG CHILDREN

In a recently released study from Turkey, the authors sought to investigate the effects of Pilates exercises on posture and physical fitness parameters. They assigned 66 school children (5-6 years) to Pilates or control groups. The Pilates intervention consisted of twice-a-week sessions for 10 weeks, while the control group followed established daily routines. Posture was assessed using the New York Posture Rating Chart; the Eurofit test battery was used to evaluate physical activity.

Their findings showed statistically significant improvements in the New York Posture Rating chart test, Flamingo Balance, Sit and Reach, Standing Broad Jump, 30-second Sit-Up, Bent Arm Hang, and 20-Meter Shuttle Run test scores.

The authors concluded that Pilates has positive effects on physical fitness parameters and postural evaluation in this age group, and they suggest it can be considered as an engaging alternative for physical activity.

Source: Ozturk N, Unver F. The effects of Pilates on posture and physical fitness parameters in 5–6 years old children: A non-randomized controlled study. J Bodywork Move Ther. Epub Ahead of Print. March 20, 2022. Available at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1360859222000511. Accessed April 15, 2022.

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