Every week at SPARC, our staff picks a scholarly article related to sports training and fitness to read individually, and then we meet as a group to discuss the material. We aim to strengthen and progress the knowledge base we use to design our programs through practicing this tradition.

This week, we would like to share our favorite article from October 2014 with our readers. The article is based on the principles of core training. Specifically, this text will help readers clearly understand what muscles comprise the core, the main function of the core in relation to sports and daily activities, how power is transferred through the core, and how to properly train the core for better performance and injury prevention. The author is Stuart McGill who is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo. His research and practice is dedicated to investigating how to prevent and rehabilitate lower back injuries. This is a must-read for all individuals, athlete or not.

“Core Training: Evidence Translating to Better Performance and Injury Prevention”
By: Stuart McGill, PhD

Follow this link to the article:

http://www.nsca.com/uploadedFiles/NSCA/Resources/PDF/Education/Articles/NSCA_Classics_PDFs/Core%20Training%20Evidence%20Translating%20to%20Better.pdf