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Rugby training doesn’t need fit balls by David Clarke

Here is an article on why we might spend too much time worrying about training the core muscles when in fact we do it naturally anyway.
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The key findings are (lifted from the article):
“Core stability was born out of a specific problem: lower back pain,” says Diane Kheir, an osteopath who lectures on core stability. “It was never meant to apply to the general population, and for most people, there are better ways of working these muscles. Rather than have everyone lie on the floor with their legs in the air, exercise classes would be better teaching correct standing, sitting and transferring of weight from one leg to another. Teachers could ensure that participants learn moves that relate either to their normal daily tasks or their sports.”

“Core stability training isn’t tailored to most sports,” says Professor Eyal Lederman, an osteopath whose research centres on the development of neuromuscular and movement rehabilitation. In other words, it doesn’t replicate the activities involved in those sports. “The message from the research is: don’t worry about your core muscles and train in the activity you enjoy,” he says.

Core stability training does have its uses, though. “The core should work naturally,” says Kheir. “It’s what’s known as a ‘pre-anticipatory’ muscle group – it fires before other muscles fire. The only time it won’t kick in is if someone has lower back pain, or has had some kind of abdominal surgery or injury, in which case the person may need help in trying to locate and recruit it again.”

For a further view, read this article by Roy Palmer called Core Stabilty or Pure Stupidity?
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