Part III: Significance
With an understanding of the definitions related to the core as well as tests currently utilized to measure core function, now it is possible to attempt to determine what aspects of core function hold any significance toward injury prevention or functional outcomes. Are we mystified by the core, or is there evidence to suggest that it is truly critical to function?
This three part series is an evidence-based discussion related to the core, core strength and stability, and functional outcomes. This series is outlined in the following way: Part I attempts to define the core, as well as core strength, stability, and endurance; Part II discusses the current tests utilized to quantify these metrics, as well as their limitations; Part III discusses the current body of evidence in an attempt to define a link between the core and athletic performance.
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Cory L. Hofmann, M.S.
Research Project Manager, Cybex Research Institute