Comparative analysis of the effect of a traditional Pilates and MK Pilates training course on selected biomechanical variables in middle-aged female athletes
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In recent years, relying on the results of scientific research and research into the effects of Pilates training, there has been a great deal of recommendation for Pilates training as one of the most important exercises in maintaining physical health and strengthening the physical strength of middle-aged and especially middle-aged athletes. Given that Pilates exercises have different types and each of these exercises have different effects, this study attempts to compare the effects of a traditional Pilates and MK Pilates training course on the biomechanical variables of middle-aged female athletes. To achieve this goal, quasi-experimental method by sampling method was used and pre-test and post-test were performed on 90 middle-aged female athletes(40-60 years old) in three groups of 30 people including traditional Pilates, MK Pilates and Central Group In two sports complexes in west of Tehran.
Exercises were performed for 8 weeks in 3 sessions per week by 2 groups. Data were analyzed by SPSS software, T-test, Kolmogorov–Smirnov test and standard deviation. Then the data were compared with the results of the control group tests.
The results show that Pilates's eight-week training was effective on selected biomechanical variables in 40-60 year old female athletes. In other words, both traditional Pilates and MK Pilates had a significant positive effect on biomechanical variables such as balance, flexibility and endurance in power in female athletes, but MK Pilates had more effect on balance and flexibility variables, in contrast to traditional Pilates had a greater effect on Endurance in power. These exercises also had a significant effect on the Pilates athletes compared to the control group.