Confusion exists regarding what the core musculature is, how it is evaluated, how it is trained, and how it is applied to functional performance. The core musculature is divided into 2 systems, local (stabilization) and global (movement), with distinction between core-strength, core-stability, and functional exercises.
Mark Faries is a master's student in Exercise Physiology at Baylor University.
Mike Greenwood is a professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation at Baylor University. He currently serves as an Executive Council Member of the NSCA-CC.
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