by Kyle O'Toole, CSCS
NSCA Coach August 2020
Vol 7, Issue 1
Progressive development of the core musculature is a key component to creating a successful strength training program. Developing the muscles surrounding the pelvis, hips, lower back, and abdomen may help to build strength and stability. Interest in core strengthening involving athletes has increased over the years. This has created concepts and best practices that strength and conditioning coaches utilize in their own ways. For strength and conditioning coaches to effectively implement core training practices into strength training with athletes, at any level, they need to possess a solid understanding of the structure and function of the core and be able to create a program that will help their athletes best reach their performance goals.
This article will provide an understanding of the role the core plays during execution of athletic movements and provide evidence-based concepts that help to strengthen the core and maximize movement performance. Additionally, this article will identify some of the essential concepts to training the core and review sample exercises that strength and conditioning coaches can use to create their own approach with athletes.
This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »
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