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The Myth of Core Stability

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Tags: biomechanics, controversy, exercise, etiology, pro, debunkery, self-treatment, treatment

Five articles on PainSci cite Lederman 2010: (1) The Complete Guide to Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome(2) Complete Guide to Plantar Fasciitis(3) Your Back Is Not Out of Alignment(4) The Functional Movement Screen (FMS)(5) Sensitization in Chronic Pain

original abstract Abstracts here may not perfectly match originals, for a variety of technical and practical reasons. Some abstacts are truncated for my purposes here, if they are particularly long-winded and unhelpful. I occasionally add clarifying notes. And I make some minor corrections.

The principle of core stability has gained wide acceptance in training for prevention of injury and as a treatment modality for rehabilitation of various musculoskeletal conditions in particular the lower back. There has been surprising little criticism of this approach up to date. This article will re-examine the original findings and the principles of core stability and how well they fare within the wider knowledge of motor control, prevention of injury and rehabilitation of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems following injury.

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