The importance of Core Stability?
Endurance athletes and runners especially are always told to strengthen their core. This is good advice, but many people still assume ''core'' is the same as ''Abs'', meaning that whatever tightens your belly will also make you a stronger runner. The truth is that most of the traditional core exercises like the plank and sit ups don't translate into the kind of stability needed to power your running or prevention of injuries.
The inability to use the deep core muscles is a major contributing factor to running injuries.
Strengthening these muscles will give you a better strategy to create stability which supports the demands of running.
Most standard abdominal exercises emphasize the superficial muscles, such as the rectus abdominis and the plank. The outer core muscles play a much more important role in running and stability of the pelvis, referred to as the ''ínner core'', which includes the diaphragm, multifidus and transversus abdominis.
About Raasay Waters
My name is Raasay Waters. I am a graduate Sports Therapist from the University of Central Lancashire, North England, I have been living and studying in the UK for 6 years. I am now back in South Africa since 2012 to pursue my passion and career.
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