Pilates has become popular among professional American football players looking for an edge on the field , for injury prevention and of course as rehab work after injury. The Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers have both incorporated Pilates into their training regimens. Like yoga, Pilates can improve flexibility, balance and strength.
Also like yoga, Pilates emphasizes elongating the muscles and creating space between the joints, while simultaneously building stability. Increased range of motion and injury prevention of course can give longevity to a players career. Basically for those in highly mobile positions, like wide receivers, Pilates can facilitate more efficient movement on the field and overall stamina within a game.
Below is a video of just one of the current NFL wide receivers Antonio Brown using Pilates to their advantage.