Monday, December 1, 2014
Can You Reach Your Full Athletic Potential Without Core Training?
Lateral trunk lean that occurs during athletics is often associated with weakness of the core and/or is a compensatory strategy for weakness, injury or pain. The impacts of lateral trunk lean in an athlete, whether basketball, football or soccer has often been speculated to have an impact on injuries. Therefore stability of this system is vital to prevention of injuries. There are multiple muscles and systems that add to this stability and it is often over simplified, misunderstood and therefore trained incorrectly. However, gaining a basic understanding of the system is essential to training. Stability of the core is often associated only with abdominal musculature and anterior structures. The reality is that stability comes from both anterior and posterior structures/muscles as well as contributions from the hips and lower limbs. This results in a multiplanar stability which allows for stability and control of flexion/extension, rotation and lateral trunk lean. Excessive movement in anyone of these planes (demonstrated by lack of control of any of these motions) can indicate weakness and result in an increased risk for injury.
There has been some recent data that even suggests there is also an impact on overall athletic performance. Is it really true? Improvements in core performance result in improvements in athletic performance? Yes. Simply looking back at the previously mentioned study by Chaudhari et al gives us one example. In their study, they measured the number of days on the disabled list (DL). Players who had poor core stability had more days on the DL. If your top recruits or key players are on the DL more, does this impact team performance? If it does not, then they are probably not your top recruits. Keeping top players healthy is key to a winning season. One key to keeping them off the DL is improving core performance. But what about individual performance, is there an impact there? This is a concept that we will investigate next week.
We hope that you found this blog insightful and useful. Stay tuned next week we will discuss how these movements impact individual performance and how to identify. As we stated previously, stay tuned and if you like what you see, SHARE THE PASSION! It is the biggest compliment you can give. Follow us on Twitter @ACL_prevention and tweet about it. #DMAOnTheMove and help us spread the passion and #movementonmovement.
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