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Praxis (Bern 1994). 2014 Oct 15;103(21):1263-70. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157/a001803.

[Core muscle chains activation during core exercises determined by EMG-a systematic review].

[Article in German; Abstract available in German from the publisher]

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Berner Fachhochschule, Gesundheit, Disziplin Physiotherapie, Bern und Akademie für Physiotherapie und integrative Trainingslehre, Vrije Universiteit Brüssel.
Berner Fachhochschule, Gesundheit, Disziplin Physiotherapie, Bern.
Berner Fachhochschule, Gesundheit, Disziplin Physiotherapie, Bern und Labor für menschliche Biometrie und Biomechanik, Brüssel, Belgien.


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Good core muscles strength is essential for daily life and sports activities. However, the mechanism how core muscles may be effectively triggered by exercises is not yet precisely described in the literature. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the rate of activation as measured by electromyography of the ventral, lateral and dorsal core muscle chains during core (trunk) muscle exercises. A total of 16 studies were included. Exercises with a vertical starting position, such as the deadlift or squat activated significantly more core muscles than exercises in the horizontal initial position.


Bauchmuskulatur; Muskelketten; Rumpfmuskulatur; Rückenmuskulatur; abdominal muscles; back muscles; chaînes musculaires; core muscles; muscle chains; muscles dorsaux; musculature abdominale; musculature du tronc

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