Is poor core stability a risk factor for lower extremity injury?
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Did her ACL rupture because she couldn't "turn on" her core? Is his front plank endurance so low he is destined to get shin splints if he runs? Does any of this make sense?
While physical activity is widely recommended as a positive health behaviour, participation in sport and activity involves the risk of musculoskeletal injury, particularly in the lower extremity. While risk factors such as altered knee biomechanics have been studied, little is known about the role of core stability and the development of injuries. Core stability is generally defined as the foundation of lumbopelvic control to allow for optimal production and control of force that is transferred through the kinetic chain during movement. Core stability is a dynamic process, which requires the integration of muscular strength and endurance, proprioception and neuromuscular control. Given the importance of understanding if core stability may be a risk factor for lower extremity injury, the purpose of this systematic review (published in Physical Therapy in Sport 2018) was to summarize the literature in this field, and to generate future hypotheses regarding injury prevention…LOG IN OR SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THE FULL REVIEW!
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