Thursday, March 5, 2009

Core Training

Core training helps rehabilitate injuries but does not seem to improve athletic performance.....

A further confounding factor is that because of the differing demands on the core musculature during everyday activities (low load, slow movements) and sporting activities (high load, resisted, dynamic movements), research performed in the rehabilitation sector cannot be applied to the sporting environment and, subsequently, data regarding core training programmes and their effectiveness on sporting performance are lacking. There are many articles in the literature that promote core training programmes and exercises for performance enhancement without providing a strong scientific rationale of their effectiveness, especially in the sporting sector.

Optimizing performance by improving core stability and core strength


1 comment:

Chris - said...

As the article you linked pointed out, most core training is designed by people who don't understand the role of the muscles and what they're attempting to do in the athlete's sport.

Typical core movements (sit ups, crunches, whatever) and concerntric-eccentric where the core action in sports is typically isometric.

People have tried to get around this by incorporating stabilization exercises from the rehab world, but these movements typically do not allow enough load to be generated to produce meaningful gains in athletic ability.