Core Stability & Core Strength

Below is a summary of a great article written by The Injury Clinic Geelong. To view the full article please follow this link (includes some important graphics to explain the concepts)

  • Core strength & core stability are terms widely used in training program
  • Targeted, specific & correct technique is important in reducing the chance of injury
  • It is important to have sufficient strength & stability
  • “Core stability” refers to the ability to activate muscles that work to stabilise the spine. This ensures we have a stable base on which to move efficiently and effectively
  • “Core strength” refers to the ability of the musculature to then produce force through contractile forces and intra-abdominal pressure
  • Core musculature can include: abdominals, paraspinals, gluteals, diaphragm & pelvic floor. You could also include the muscles of the shoulder & pelvis to assist in energy transfer
  • Core control relates to both ‘local’ (deep stability musculature) and ‘global’ (superficial movement generators) muscle groups. It is important that both systems work well together to ensure normal and efficient movement & function

Also check out GPC’s core strength exercises and videos part 1 & part 2.