We’ve talked about how Pilates can be optimal for youth injury prevention. But what if the worst-case scenario has already happened? What if your child has been injured? What if they’re trying to recover their strength, endurance, and flexibility so they can return to a normal level of physical activity and health?
Fortunately, Pilates is incredibly effective in this arena as well. Pilates provides an excellent healing atmosphere while still encouraging a child’s growth and development on the physical and mental levels—without worsening a present injury (and even helping it heal faster than it might if just left alone).
How does Pilates accomplish this? First, it keeps kids active. When one is injured, it can be tempting to simply hold off from all physical activity, in fear of prolonging the injury or making it worse. But this sort of slump can drag kids down into ongoing inactivity, even once they’re recovered. Pilates provides a low-impact, controlled physical activity that keeps the mind and body engaged during the rehabilitation process. It keeps them from dropping out of the workout habit, so when the injury is gone, they don’t have to struggle just to reestablish a healthy lifestyle or make up for lost time.
Pilates provides a wide range of physical motions that can be easily adapted to the injured child’s needs. If a leg or arm is injured and can’t be moved as flexibly or without pain, it’s an easy matter for the instructor to give the child a custom routine that lets them enjoy a solid workout without involving that particular body part, or minimizing its use.
Pilates also keeps all movements under control, so there’s no risk of increasing the damage already done by an injury. That’s why we ensure all kids involved in the Youth to the Core program are overseen by an instructor with years of experience, so they can monitor both the group and individual needs and be on hand at all times.
Through all this, Pilates helps reduce any fear, depression, or pain involved in a youth’s injury rehabilitation while keeping them engaged and active throughout the recovery process!