What Is Your Core?

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The Sports Injury Clinic

Sarah Pike

August 11, 2020

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Your core is far more than a 6 pack... if you have one. Your "core" is a large and very important part of your body. It's best to think of it as a cylinder. It's where our stability and power is generated from.

Your core has 35 muscle groups involved. To put it simply, at the top is your diaphragm. The bottom is your pelvic floor. The sides are your back extensors, obliques and abdominals; bone wise, it involves your hips, pelvis and spine.

We often focus directly on the abdominals for core strength, but there are certain structures we shouldn't ignore. The diaphragm is one of them. Studies have shown that people with back pain have associated dysfunction at their diaphragm as well. This can be resolved with hands on therapy as well as exercises that involve core control with diaphragmatic breathing.

There are so many ways to train your core, some are better than others. It is also important to have variety in your training, including the type of training and the target muscles. It's sometimes best to start with simple movements to ensure you're connecting and activating your core correctly. It's then important to include both functional and dynamic movements with core activation, because this is what you are doing in your day to day life.

Improving your core strength is much more than just slimming down the tummy. Improving your core will enable better posture, better strength in arms and legs and more power in dynamic movements. Core strength should be included in all training for both an everyday person to an elite athlete.

If you need any advice or wish for your core strength to be assessed book in to see one of our Physiotherapists. They could provide a training program or could refer you to Pilates.

We are currently running online Pilates classes. Call us on 97839990 to enquire.

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