An athlete with a stable core will decrease the likelihood of injury due to increased efficiency of movement, lower back pain is very common in athletes as well as non athletes. 30% of football players will miss atleast one game due to lumbar pain, which is caused by irritation of the tissues in the spine. Core exercises that are most effective when they engage multiple muscles throughout the torso that cross multiple joints and work together to coordinate stability. Most of the best core exercises are simple body weight exercises such as
- Jungle XT System
- Medicine Balls
- Standing Ab Workouts
- Earthquake Bar
- Balanced Split Squats
- Line Jumps
- Hip Lifts
Whether you enjoy an occasional gym session or whether you’re an elite sports person, core stability should be part of your training regime. Working on your core can vastly improve balance. In addition it can greatly improve the torsion (twisting) strength that can vastly increase ability and performance in such sports as throwing, tennis, badminton, squash and swimming. The difference between having the edge in your chosen sport will time and time again come down to your ability to maintain the most efficient functioning of your core muscles, hence it has been coined the powerhouse of the athlete.
. By training the core the rest of the muscles in the area the hamstrings, gluteals, abdominal and back muscles all work more efficiently and together. Risk of injury caused by over activity is reduced in any particular muscle group due to muscle imbalance.
Core stability is an essential component of any rehabilitation program not only for low back pain, sacroiliac pain and Gilmore’s Groin but also for other injuries such as hamstring strain and shoulder pain. By providing stability beneath the muscles that provide movement, core stability provides excellent rehabilitative properties for such injuries and is commonly used by physiotherapists and other injury therapists with patients.