Dead Butt Syndrome

Dead Butt Syndrome

In 1990 while dancing professionally, I sustained a hamstring injury during a dance performance. I was running backwards heading toward a “controlled fall” that was to be broken by another dancer. The other dancer missed the catch, and I fell earthbound with great velocity. Immediately, I felt pain near my ischial tuberosity on the right side of my pelvis. After 6 weeks of rest, gentle stretching, and mild strength training, I thought my recovery was complete. Fast forward to 1996. I was teaching a Modern dance class at Arizona State University. During the class while coming across the floor in a running combination, I heard a pop at my right hamstring insertion when I rapidly accelerated, then decelerated the... Continue ...

Posted on October 8, 2011 By

Pilates for Athletic Conditioning

Pilates for Athletic Conditioning

It’s no secret that many celebrities are turning to Pilates for that intimate mind-body connection. But did you know that top-dollar athletes do Pilates too? It’s true! Professionals such as golfers Tiger Woods, David Duval, and Steve Ballesteros, basketball star Jason Kidd, pitcher Curt Schilling, pro hockey player Carlo Colaiacovo, and offensive lineman Ruben Brown among others are turning to this alternate form of exercise for rehabilitation purposes and prevention of sports injuries – and as a result, they’re more agile on the field, flexible on the court, and staying away from the bench more often! “Pilates helps athletes develop core strength, increase flexibility, assist in rehabilitation after injury... Continue ...

Posted on October 16, 2008 By

Three Simple Pilates Exercises for a Better Golf Game

Three Simple Pilates Exercises for a Better Golf Game

All golfers know they need to work on rotation, balance and stability. This is stating the obvious. There are also a handful of exercises that benefit the golfer that might not be so obvious. Of course, we know each golfer has individual needs, as with all athletes, but these three simple Pilates exercises should be a part of every golfer’s routine.  If you are a Pilates instructor and want to know more on how to identify and correct
 golf swing faults using the Pilates Method we have written a manual called Pilates for Golfers. Pelvic Tilt This is actually a warm-up exercise, but great to help create more mobility and coordination in the pelvis, hips and lumbar spine. All of which are important during the golf swing... Continue ...

Posted on March 18, 2008 By

Pilates Exercises and Sports Performance

Pilates Exercises and Sports Performance

Pilates exercise has been proven effective to enhance sports performance for many different sports. Specifically, Pilates is known to be beneficial for golfers, cyclists, equestrians, long and short-distance runners, as well as competitive divers, baseball, football and basketball players. Benefits of Pilates include muscle balance, core strengthening and stability, improved focus and concentration, injury prevention, reduced stress and relief from back pain. Pilates aids in restoring muscle imbalances created by one-sided sports such as golf, baseball and tennis and can be utilized to build strength, power, endurance and precision for most if not all sports. Golf requires trunk flexibility and stability, strong legs and... Continue ...

Posted on February 14, 2008 By