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BOIX VILELLA, Salvador; LEON ZARCENO, Eva  and  SERRANO ROSA, Miguel Ángel. Are there psychosocial benefits for Pilates practice?: an analysis of the scientific literature. CPD [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.3, pp.117-128. ISSN 1989-5879.

In the last 5 years, the analyzed databases show a remarkable increase in the number of publications on Pilates. The enormous popularity of Pilates may be due to physical and psychological benefits that people could get to their practice. From the scientific field, there is a need to evaluate objectively the existing results on the potential benefits of the Pilates Method. So this work is to check whether there is a sufficient scientific basis to justify their psychological health benefits practitioners. For this we have performed a systematic search, using as search criteria the word "Pilates" in databases: ScienceDirect, Pubmed, Lilacs, PsycARTICLES, CSIC-ISOC and Dialnet. Among the psychological variables that have been studied the most relevant have proven the quality of life, depression, mood, generalized self-efficacy and aspects of sleep. Also taking into account the peculiarities of the method itself will narrow future research.

Keywords : Exercise; Pilates method; mental health; social psychology; occupational health.

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