Pilates Research

The PMA supports ongoing research as an integral part of the evolution and practice of the Pilates method. Sound research and evidence-based practice is necessary to ensure that Pilates is effective, efficient, and safe. Justification of our technique is not only important to us as practitioners, but also to our clients/patients and to all other professionals participating in health and wellness.

Every year at the PMA’s Annual Meeting, a Research Forum is held. Practitioners are invited to submit their abstracts for consideration for an opportunity to present their research as part of the Forum. We hope that Pilates practitioners around the world will take this opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with the rest of the Pilates community. Through shared knowledge, we can build and develop a body of research that can inform practitioners and clients, and continue to explore how and in which contexts the Pilates method can be effectively applied.

The PMA encourages Pilates teachers to get involved with conducting research and submitting reports on their findings by creating Case Reports which can be shared with the community. 

PMA Pilates References

Submit an abstract for presentation at the next PMA Annual Meeting!

If you are interested in presenting your research at the next PMA Annual Meeting, please download the following documents:

Look through the Research Forum Oral Platform Abstracts from Annual Meetings:

PMA Research Forum 2011
PMA Research Forum 2012
PMA Research Forum 2013
PMA Research Forum 2014
PMA Research Forum 2015
PMA Research Forum 2016 (Listen to Rebecca Hess' presentation from the 2016 Annual Meeting on Conducting Quality Research)
PMA Research Forum 2017
PMA Research Forum 2018


Research Committee Members:

VICE-CHAIR: Karyn Staples, PT, PhD, OCS, PMA-CPT
Lise Stolze, MPT, DSc, PMA-CPT
Craig Ruby, MPT, DEd, PMA®-CPT
Virginia Cowen, PhD, LMT, NCBTMB, PMA-CPT
Tom Welsh, MS, PhD, MA
Rebecca Hess, PhD
Gayanne Grossman, PhD, EdM

PMA Research Committee Standing Rules

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