Core Muscles Matter

June 2, 2017

Injury Prevention Newsletter

Why do core muscles matter?

The “core” is a common name given to the corsetlike muscles surrounding your midsection. These muscles are known as the powerhouse and provide a solid base upon which all other muscles can initiate movements in other parts of the body. When these muscles contract at the same time, they keep the spine in its most stable position. Keeping the abdomen and spine in their neutral positions will aid in preventing injuries and increase performance during daily activities, sports and work-related tasks.

Your core includes your abdominals, all the muscles in your hips and the muscles that run up and down your back.

Common conditions caused by core and back muscles imbalances

Sprain – stretching or tearing of a ligament. Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bone to another bone.
Strain – stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon. A tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscle to bone.
Tendonitis – inflammation of one or more tendons that connects muscle to bone. This condition commonly occurs due to overuse or overworked muscles.

Follow our “Read More” link below to learn more about your core, how to keep your core muscles healthy and prevent injury.