Treatment Table: Part Three - Core Stability

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This week Sharif looks at the issue of core stability

WELCOLME to this week’s edition of the Treatment Table.

The main focus of this week’s discussion will be on core stability.

Core stability is one of those terms a lot of people tend to talk about, but can sometimes be quite misleading.

A definition of core stability could be: ‘The ability of the body to maintain stability through the recruitment of deep core muscles to maintain posture while exercising.’

Why is core stability important one may ask?

The answers have been researched for many years and are a very topical area for discussion among fitness and healthcare professionals.

In medicine core stability can be very beneficial in helping to reduce back and pelvic pain as well as preventing injury, while in sports core stability can be vital to enhancing performance. The important thing to remember is that core exercises should be graded and tailored to an individuals needs.

Core stability helps prevent injuries, allows performance to develop by giving athletes a firmer base to run, jump and land from and if for example your a cyclist, it allows you to generate the forces from the trunk to the legs. Core exercises should be sport specific and reflect the activity of the athlete.

Many people tend to think of core stability as sit ups and planks, but these exercises, especially sit ups, do not target the muscles required to develop core stability initially.

The main concept is to maintain the contraction of the trans ab muscle and breath while exercising.

It is important to establish just a basic contraction and isolation of this muscle before beginning to attempt more advanced exercises such as planks etc.

There are many different types of exercise to help develop the trans ab and too many to mention for this article. However, many can be obtained from speaking to healthcare or fitness professional.

Yoga and Pilates are exercises that focus particularly on developing the core.

To find out more about core stability please feel free to contact me on 306552/678297 or sharif@justgophysio.com www.justgophysio.com

The next edition of the treatment table will focus on hamstring strains- a common injury to footballers and runners.

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