Pilates the key to Segeyaro’s return

Sharks hooker James Segeyaro has revealed he turned to pilates to help him through his recovery after he broke his arm in the Round 6 win over the Melbourne Storm.

The 26-year-old scored the match-winning try in that game – just his third in Cronulla colours – with his heroics amplified after it was revealed he had done serious damage to his arm that would see him miss three months of football.

While the injury was a huge blow for both Segeyaro and the Sharks, neither party was willing to let the layoff go to waste.

He mightn’t have been able to do weights, so Sharks head of performance Andrew Gray decided to send the star rake to Menai where Segeyaro learnt the fine art of pilates in a bid to strengthen the muscles in his legs.

“Andrew Gray decided to send me there because I have weak groins and it’s been amazing,” Segeyaro said.

“I’d recommend pilates to anyone who’s got a weak back or hips or lower-ab problems. It’s helped me tremendously and I can feel it in my running because I’m running more freely and not pulling up so much.

“I was pretty much getting flogged twice a week but it was good.

“I’ve gotten time to get into pilates which would have helped my groin and my hamstrings because I’ve got weak hamstrings. That helped my running because I was allowed to work on and get better on something that was my weakness beforehand.”

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