Core Strength for Sports Performance
Why do we need to develop core strength?
Strong core muscles can certainly improve one’s posture, reduce injury and enhance your performance on the football field.
Some one with well developed core muscles breathes easier, walks, bends, and runs better; the body is supported in proper alignment and does not fatigue as quickly.
Strong core muscles protect the back and prevent back pain.
What is core muscle strength?
When most people think of the core muscles, they think of the abdominals alone, however your deep and superficial core muscles both need to contract in a co-ordinated fashion to provide adequate control and support for the pelvis, spine and trunk.
Pilates; the way to a stronger core!
In recent years, Pilates has taken centre stage as a core muscle exercise program.
It requires concentration and centering on the abdominal muscles while limb movements are carried out.
Pilates can be done with large gym balls and stretchy bands, or with machines which provide resistance.
Pilates emphasises relaxed, smooth movements and rhythmic breathing. It is now being used as a training technique in many sports including AFL football for performance and injury prevention.
What is the best way to start training your core?
Bear in mind that every type of exercise carries the risk of injury, therefore when beginning these exercises, you should have a physiotherapist or experienced Pilates instructor guide you in perfecting your technique.
Physiotherapists can now screen core strength and co-ordination using real time ultrasound imaging. Visually showing you how well your core muscles function and then tracking their improvement during training and exercise.