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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Trunk Stability and Sports-related testing protocols
- And Finally a Story about the Role of Core Stability and Function
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #559 recorded August 5, 2016.
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Trunk Stability and Sports-related testing protocols
Trunk/core stability is considered a key component of training programs, because it could contribute to prevention of low-back and lower-limb injuries and to sports performance.
Based on the specificity principle, sports-related trunk stability tests would be required in elite sports performance. However, there may be some generic qualities underlying trunk stability that can be assessed with nonspecific protocols, which are broadly used in sport and rehabilitation.
To assess whether specific tests are needed in a high-performance context, the authors of a study published in the journal Gait and Posture, analyzed the influence of specialization in sports with large but qualitatively different balance control demands (judo and kayaking) on trunk stability and compared high-performance athletes with recreational athletes without a specific training history.
The study concluded that specific-sport training induces specific trunk stability adaptations, which are not revealed through nonspecific tests.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.gaitposture.com/article/S0966-6362(16)30106-0/pdf
Role of Core Stability and Function
A study in the journal Sports Medicine looked at the importance of function of the central core of the body for stabilisation and force generation in all sports activities is being increasingly recognised.
‘Core stability’ is seen as being pivotal for efficient biomechanical function to maximize force generation and minimise joint loads in all types of activities ranging from running to throwing. However, there is less clarity about what exactly constitutes ‘the core’, either anatomically or physiologically, and physical evaluation of core function is also variable.
‘Core stability’ is defined as the ability to control the position and motion of the trunk over the pelvis to allow optimum production, transfer and control of force and motion to the terminal segment in integrated athletic activities.
Core muscle activity is best understood as the pre-programmed integration of local, single-joint muscles and multi-joint muscles to provide stability and produce motion.
This results in proximal stability for distal mobility, a proximal to distal patterning of generation of force, and the creation of interactive moments that move and protect distal joints.
Evaluation of the core should be dynamic, and include evaluation of the specific functions (trunk control over the planted leg) and directions of motions (three-planar activity). Rehabilitation should include the restoring of the core itself, but also include the core as the base for extremity function.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00007256-200636030-00001
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