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Curr Sports Med Rep. 2005 Jun;4(3):179-83.

Core stability: the centerpiece of any training program.

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Northwest Sports & Spine, 105 West 8th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99223, USA.


Core strengthening and stability exercises have become key components of training programs for athletes of all levels. The core muscles act as a bridge between upper and lower limbs, and force is transferred from the core, often called the powerhouse, to the limbs. Stability initially requires maintenance of a neutral spine but must progress beyond the neutral zone in a controlled manner. Some studies have demonstrated a relationship between core stability and increased incidence of injury. A training program should start with exercises that isolate specific core muscles but must progress to include complex movements and incorporate other training principles.

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