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Core Strengthening 

Core Strengthening
Chapter:
Core Strengthening
Author(s):

Priyesh Mehta

, David J. Cormier

, Julie Ann Aueron

, and Jaspal R. Singh

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199350940.003.0025
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date: 18 August 2019

Core strengthening remains a vital component of maintaining spine mechanics and assists in the prevention of injury. A complex group of muscles make up the core and function together to instill spine stability and assist with segmental motion. Understanding the key muscles and how they function is essential to developing a core strengthening program for patients with spinal pathology. This chapter summarizes the anatomy and biomechanics of the core involved in maintaining spine stability. It discusses electromyography and imaging data to help understand how these muscles function during specific exercises. Examples of core strengthening exercises are provided.

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