When participating in any sport, core strength is crucial towards an athlete’s overall performance. The body’s core consists of the back and the abdominal muscles and for many athletes, this area can be a weakness. In runners for example, a strong core can prevent injuries to other joints including the hips and knees. Essentially, having a strong core helps stabilize the body to allow the individual to perform to their fullest capacity.
Increasing core strength to improve performance for any sport is not difficult, in fact, a regular routine of crunches together with several other basic exercises can help. Planks are another common core strength exercise. A side plank, also used to increase core strength, is similar to a plank except its performed by turning the body onto its side. When participating in core exercises, always be sure to not over-exert your body as many athletes commonly experience injuries from forcing greater repetitions especially when their core is not properly contracting.
Occasionally, an individual’s core muscles might not contract properly due to a possible complication of the spine that could be causing nerve compression or damage. Individuals who’ve previously suffered from chronic back problems or had a recent back injury can experience difficulty exercising their muscles to their fullest potential. A chiropractic doctor can help determine where the spine is impacting your muscle strength.
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Core strength is essential for both athletes and any individual performing physical activity in order to improve overall fitness performance and avoid injury. The core consists of strong back and abdominal muscles which ultimately help with agility, stamina, and power. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
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