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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2013 Oct;17(4):483-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.03.006. Epub 2013 May 2.

The influence of Pilates method in quality of life of practitioners.

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Gama Filho University, Rua Manuel Vitorino, 553 e Piedade/RJ, CEP: 20740-900, Brazil. Electronic address: fetdv@hotmail.com.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The priority of Pilates is to obtain physical and mental health, including flexibility, in a secure and balanced way.

AIM:

To verify the change in the quality of life of practitioners of the Pilates method.

METHODOLOGY:

Descriptive observational study of 74 Pilates practitioners divided into 3 groups: practitioner for up to three months; practitioner for more than 1 year; and ex-practitioners. The quality of life analysis was performed using the self-administered questionnaire, SF-36. The comparison between groups was made by ANOVA one-way, then an analysis by post-hoc Scheffé, with a significance level of p < 0.05.

RESULT:

The group of experienced practitioners showed better results in the dimensions of physical function (mean 86.37 points; p < 0.01), general health (mean 29.48 points; p < 0.001) and mental health (mean 43.59 points; p < 0.02) of quality of life.

CONCLUSION:

Pilates was associated with the improvement of quality of life.

KEYWORDS:

Physical therapy; Pilates; Quality of life

PMID:
24139007
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.03.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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