What is the core?
· Possibly the most common discussion of stabilization relates to core function; this is because the hips and the trunk serve as our center of mass.
· The principle of core stability can be illustrated in a simple comparison: shooting a canon off of a canoe versus a stable surface; think about the importance of and implications of this very accurate comparison.
· The fact is, to date, there is no universally accepted definition of the core, some researchers describe the core as a muscular cylinder with the abdominals in the front, the multifidus and gluteal muscles in the back, the diaphragm as the roof, and the pelvic floor as the base of the cylinder.
· The core is also defined as all the muscles of the trunk and pelvis that contribute to maintaining a stable spine, an integrated system composed of passive structures, such as ligaments and bone.
· The core is universally agreed upon as being essential to all kinetic chains, and that upper and lower extremity movement is greatly improved in conditions where there is adequate endurance and neuromuscular control of the core.
· Proper core function improves the spine’s ability to withstand the various weight/stress and directional forces that it encounters every day, during daily activities, and exercise and sport participation.