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Comparing Core Stability & Performance

October 17, 2011

It's always been assumed that a strong core translates into better sports performance. With strong core strength, you're better able to transfer power from your feet, through your legs and mid-section, and project it out your upper body. Researchers from the University of Kentucky compared results from the double-leg lowering test that's considered an indicator of core stability to the performance of volunteers in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, medicine ball chest pass and other tests.

After correlating the data, scientists determined that scoring well in the core stability test was only weakly associated with performance in the medicine ball pass, and it was even less relevant to vertical jump height and 40-yard dash speed. Training your core muscle group is important, but doesn't have to be the focus of your training program. See today's Breaking News post at Optimumnutrition.com for a core training routine that's a blast from your past.