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A Framework for Progressing and Regressing Core Training Within Athletic and General Populations

Gibson, Neil MS1; Williams, Michael MS1,2; Maitland, Craig MS2; McCunn, Robert MS3

Strength and Conditioning Journal: October 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 5 - p 45–50
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000328
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ABSTRACT CORE TRAINING IS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF PHYSICAL PREPARATION PROGRAMS FOR ATHLETIC POPULATIONS AND A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF EXERCISE REGIMES DESIGNED TO REDUCE THE SYMPTOMS OF LOWER BACK PAIN WITHIN THE GENERAL POPULATION. ALTHOUGH THERE HAS BEEN A HIGH DEGREE OF RESEARCH SURROUNDING THE CORE AND ITS INVOLVEMENT IN EFFECTIVE MOVEMENT AND INJURY REDUCTION, SCOPE EXISTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MODEL THAT HELPS PRACTITIONERS DESIGN APPROPRIATE PROGRAMS WITH SUFFICIENT VARIATION TO MAINTAIN ADHERENCE AND ENJOYMENT. THIS ARTICLE OUTLINES A SIMPLE MODEL FOR PRACTITIONERS TO FOLLOW WHEN DESIGNING AND MODIFYING TRAINING PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO TARGET THE MUSCULATURE OF THE CORE.

1Oriam: Scotland's Sports Performance Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom;

2Heart of Midlothian Football Club, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; and

3Institute of Sport and Preventive Medicine, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

Address correspondence to Neil Gibson, n.gibson@hw.ac.uk.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Neil Gibsonis Director of Sport, Performance and Health at Oriam: Scotland's Sports Performance Centre and program leader for Management and Leadership in Sport at Heriot-Watt University.

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Michael Williamsis Head of Academy Football Science and Medicine at Heart of Midlothian Football Club.

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Craig Maitlandis a physiotherapist at Heart of Midlothian Football Club.

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Robert McCunnis a PhD student at the Institute of Sport and Preventive Medicine, Saarland University.

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