Effects of Pilates on flexibility in young individuals
Falaknaaz lonbal, Dr. Nupoor Kulkarni
Background: Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after him it was named as Pilates and Pilates called his methods as “Contrology. Flexibility is the ability of joint to move in full range without and limitations. Reduced flexibility can cause problems like back pain tightness. To assess the effectiveness of Pilates training on body flexibility of young individual with the help of V Sit o reach test and Shoulder reach test. Methodology: A convenient sampling of 50 young individual including 40 female and 10 male were taken. The participate were assessed for flexibility pre and post intervention using V sit to reach test and Shoulder reach test. The intervention was carried out for 8 weeks. Result: Baseline characteristics (pre interventional test score) were taken and analyzed. The mean ±SD for pre intervention was -2.83 -0.4677 and post intervention +1.42 +0.7025 of V sit to Reach test, the comparison was done by student paired t test (p Value – p>0.001, t value - 38.744, mean difference = -4.260) and the result was shown to be highly significant for V Sit to Reach Test. And for Shoulder Reach test Z test was applied, by applying Z test, it result was significantly highly significant (p<0.01). Conclusion: The present study concluded that there is a significant improvement in flexibility by Pilates in young individuals.