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Core Training Exercise Selection During Pregnancy

Piper, Timothy J MS, CSCS*D1; Jacobs, Emily MS, NSCA-CPT, CHES2; Haiduke, Mike BS3; Waller, Mike PhD, CSCS*D4; McMillan, Cathy MS1

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 1 - p 55-62
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318232c412
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ABDOMINAL AND CORE MUSCULAR CONDITIONING IS SELDOM RECOMMENDED FOR PREGNANT POPULATIONS. A LITERATURE REVIEW CLEARLY INDICATES SUPPORT FROM THE MEDICAL FIELD FOR THE APPLICATION OF CORE MUSCULAR TRAINING DURING PREGNANCY TO HELP ALLEVIATE MANY ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH PREGNANCY. SPECIFIC CORE EXERCISES ARE DESCRIBED TO AID IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SAFE AND EFFECTIVE TRAINING DURING PREGNANCY.

1Department of Kinesiology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois; 2Health Fitness Corporation at Trustmark Companies, Lake Forest, Illinois; 3Haiduke Personal Training, Hoffman Estates, Illinois; and 4Human Performance and Physical Education, Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado

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Timothy J. Piper is an assistant professor and the NSCA-ERP Director at Western Illinois University.

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Emily Jacobs is an assistant program manager with Health Fitness.

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Mike Haiduke is a personal trainer and the owner of Haiduke Personal Training.

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Mike Waller is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Performance and Physical Education at Adams State College.

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Cathy McMillan is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Western Illinois University.

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