Mustafa Gulsen


Purpose: Pilates training is regarded as a mind–body practice that is characterized by gentle and mindful body movements. In contrast to the continuously growing evidence base supporting the beneficial effects of Pilates training on physical and mental well-being, studies investigating its underlying mechanisms are still scarce. The aim of this study is to evaluate the results of students’ body awareness and social appearance anxiety from university students who participated in the Pilates training programme. Material and method: 80 university students who enrolled Pilates training programme partipicated in this study. Students were randomly allocated into two groups; a Pilates group (n=40), and a control group (n = 40). Pilates exercises were given to the first group. The second group was set as the control group and no application was made. Sociodemographic characteristics, body perception and social appearance were analyzed at before and after the aerobic training. All the statistical analyses were set a priori at an alpha level of p<0.05. Results: In a comparison of the Pilates and control groups, statistically significant differences were found in both BAQ and SPAS scores (all p<0.05). Conclusion: This study demonstrated that Pilates programs increase body awareness and social appearance. This correction is important to be patient sample for physiotherapist. For this purpose, we believe that it is important to take part in the training of undergraduate education of aerobic exercise. It is concluded that similar studies should be made for more patients for future.


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