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Core Performance

Exercises for the trunk, sometimes referred to as the "core" musculature are very common in the public and health communities. These exercises span the population, from low-functioning individuals to those attempting to improve athletic performance. Unfortunately, the exercises used by the population are not prescribed with near the variation and specific nature of the needs of those individuals requiring them.

These images show a runner with postural changes due to muscle imbalance that are contributing to her movement impairments during running and to her symptoms. A demonstration of non-specific exercises that are contributing to her impairments are described, followed by corrective exercises specific to her movement problems.

Steven B. Ambler is assistant clinical professor for the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of South Florida.

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