EMG OF THE TRANSVERSE ABDOMINUS AND MULTIFIDUS DURING PILATES EXERCISES

  • Paulo de Carvalho
  • Ana Pereira
  • Rubim Santos
  • João Paulo Vilas Boas
Keywords: Core, Electromyography, Lumbopelvic Stability, Pilates Method

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to evaluate the intensity of muscle activation of Transverse Abdominus /Oblique Internal (TrA/OI) and Multifidus (Mu) during the performance of four Pilates exercises (and variations), compared, in order to understand the importance of these exercises in the lumbopelvic stability in healthy subjects. The sample consisted of 8 individuals. Using the surface electromyography (EMG), it was found that there are differences in the intensity of muscle activation in the analyzed exercises and, therefore, “Shoulder bridge” and ShoulderBridge_extension (right and left legs)“ are the more appropriate exercises for co-activation between TrA/OI and Mu muscles for the reeducation of lumbopelvic stability.