Most, if not all, people experience low back pain in their life, and this includes runners. Runners can reduce their risk of low back pain by developing their core muscles, particularly the “deep” core muscles. The term “Core” has been popularized as of late, but a lot of people don’t know what it means (including the people talking about it), or don’t know how to activate it. The “core” muscles include spinal, hip, pelvic, and abdominal muscles. Researchers found that when deeper core muscles were weakened, the superficial muscles tend to overcompensate and this can lead to injury and overuse injuries.
Explaining what the deep core muscles are, and how to strengthen them is a lengthy topic. If you want to learn more about your core muscles and injury prevention please come in and see us at Premier Therapy.