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Running core strength- The Injured Runner

what is at the core? Running core strength

Over the past ten years running core strength training has become the buzz word of the fitness world. But what exactly is your “core”? Your core consists of 29 pairs of muscles that synchronize to control the motion at your trunk. It is literally the foundation for your running machine – the control centre for running. Most core training or testing programs focus primarily on the abdominal muscles. While this is helpful, there is much more that can be done.

running core strength training

Running core strength training will improve your runnig times, improve your running form, improve your running efficiency, reduce your risk of injury and speed recovery. Several studies have been published over the past 8 years that demonstrate the importance of core training in both recovering from injury and improving recovery. So, if you are currently injured view this as the perfect opportunity to either start a core training program or refine the program you currently use.

test your core

We recommend testing your core strength. When we test runners at a physical therapy clinic they are often amazed at the imbalances they have developed. Measuring your core fitness level will help you set goals, focus your training and monitor progress.

Should you use an exercise ball or enroll in a pilates program? Each of these approaches (and many more) have the potential to provide you with challenging exercises that will improve your core strength. However, if the program doesn’t train the four regions of core muscles (abs, back, right side, left side) you will be missing out.