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March 2004

March 2004


Hard Core

Balance, Stability, Strength, Power, Agility... Core Training is Essential for Athletes
Director of Strength & Conditioning, West Virginia University
© March 2004

The core region of the body has the most significant impact on athletic development and performance. The core (abdominals and low back) is the link between the upper and lower extremities of the body. All actions in athletics require a power transfer and effective stabilization from the core to create movement. They not only allow the transfer of power between the upper and lower body, but also control the body’s balance, stability, and center of gravity. In turn, it has a significant impact on speed, explosion, strength, power, agility, balance, and injury prevention.

The body is forced to adapt to regularly changing stimuli and environments in multiple planes and at....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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