Core Stabilization

Core Stabilization

Core stabilization is a term or concept used to describe how the muscles in your trunk work together to keep your spine and body in stable positions. Without our core muscles we wouldn’t be able to stand erect, throw a ball, lift an object, or an assortment of daily activities that we take for granted.

 

When your core musculature is working together as a functioning group you can expect to see and benefit from the following:

1. Injury prevention- In many competitive athletic and conditioning settings this is a most important component. Strength is critical to preventing musculoskeletal injuries. Core stabilization will enable you to withstand greater acute and chronic forces that can become disabling. Your ability to function at a high level will be enhanced with a reduced incident of injury to yourself.

2. Stronger and Smoother Movements- All movements that we perform originate at our core or trunk. Most of the daily activities we engage in are naturally taken for granted so being core conscious isn’t something we place much emphasis on. As we engage in more competitive and repetitive activities the core concept becomes more prominent.

3. Balance and Coordination- Increased core strength directly benefits your sense of balance and proprioceptive awareness. The higher the motor skill requirements the more core stabilization becomes a critical component to specialized and synchronized movements.

4. Extremity control- As described above all movements originate at the core level. When describing extremity control you always begin with core stabilization and proceed through the arms and legs or extremities. When a baseball pitcher gets tired his core trunk strength usually fatigues first which has a direct influence on his throwing release point. When a volleyball player experiences shoulder or back pain core weakness usually needs strengthened. Track and Field athletes sustain numerous musculoskeletal injuries and a major cause of most of them is weak core trunk strength. Controlling running gait biomechanics requires good core stabilization or chronic overuse injuries are bound to surface.

5. Postural changes- Mom was right! “Sit up straight” was often heard by most of us in our formative years and having a strong core will help you do just that. Chronic slouching doesn’t have any appearance or functional benefits that’s for certain.