Core Stability and Injury in Athletes

Core stability is currenty thought to reduce injury rates. This article highlights the role of the hip in injury prevention. Greater clinical scrutiny of hip strength may assist clinicians when attempting to reduce future injury rates in their athletes.

Core Stability Measures as Risk Factors for Lower Extremity Injury in Athletes

Leetun, Darin et al, 2004

Introduction:

Decreased lumbo-pelvic (or core) stability is thought to contribute to lower extremity injuries, particularly in females. This study compared core stability measures between genders and between athletes.

Results:

Males produced greater hip abduction, hip external rotation, and quadratus lumborum measures. Athletes who did not sustain an injury were significantly stronger in hip abduction and external rotation. Hip external rotation strength was the only useful predictor of injury status.

Conclusion:

Core stability has an important role in injury prevention.

  • Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 36, No. 6, pp. 926–934, 2004.