Professional athletes have started performing Pilates regularly to help develop their core strength and flexibility. It is thought that these skills may help keep the athlete injury-free and help enhance performance. Pilates is being used by more athletes as a means to “cross-train.” By strengthening the core muscles, Pilates helps to teach the body more efficient and balanced movement. Pilates improves flexibility to help prevent injury. Athletes who have better core strength are thought to have better dynamic control of their movements, and are less likely to sustain injuries. This is what is known as “neuromuscular control” which has been used to prevent injuries including ACL tears, shoulder injuries and ankle sprains.