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
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Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
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.
Michael Williamsis Head of Academy Football Science and Medicine at Heart of Midlothian Football Club.
Craig Maitlandis a physiotherapist at Heart of Midlothian Football Club.
Robert McCunnis a PhD student at the Institute of Sport and Preventive Medicine, Saarland University.