To attain total fitness, an athlete must possess “core stability” – the ability to use the muscles to keep the body’s separate sections stable. In order to perform ballistic movements – such as running, throwing and jumping – the muscles must have a stable base to start from. Without a stable base injuries, both acute and chronic, can occur. Good core stability also enables stronger muscle contraction, and better agility, recovery and control.
Core-stability training begins with learning to perform the “abdominal hollowing” technique with the spine in the neutral position. To do this, use the following guidelines:
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Core stability exercises are then progressed under the supervision of a Physiotherapist. Another option is a technique called Pilates, designed to improve stability and control. It involves specific exercises using specialized equipment, and is available at Sandringham Sports Physio.
For further information on core stability you can make enquiries to a SSP Physiotherapist on 9583 5248 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org