Hip muscle imbalance in athletes & core strengthening

“Better core, less pain” has become a common clinical assumption. However, there is little evidence to support this. This article investigated the relationship between strengthening the core and LBP. It may have found a different relationship had they used a more task, region and plane specific strengthening regime.

Hip muscle imbalance and low back pain in athletes: influence of core strengthening

Nadler, Scott et al, 2002

Purpose:

The influence of a core-strengthening program on low back pain (LBP) in NCAA Division I collegiate athletes. Methods: Hip strength was measured during preparticipation physical examinations and occurrence of LBP was monitored throughout the year. All athletes then began a structured core-strengthening program, which emphasized abdominal, paraspinal, and hip extensor strengthening.

Results:

After core strengthening there was no statistically significant change in LBP occurrence.

Conclusion:

Core strengthening did not reduce LBP occurence. It did however increase hip strength.

  • Med.Sci.SportsExerc.,Vol.34,No.1,2002,pp.9–16