Dr. Eyal Lederman completed his PhD in physiotherapy at King’s College, London, where he researched the neurophysiology of manual. J Bodyw Mov Ther. Jan;14(1) doi: / The myth of core stability. Lederman E(1). Author information: (1)CPDO Ltd., London, . The myth of core stability. Eyal Lederman The principle of core stability has gained wide acceptance in training for the prevention of injury and as a treatment .

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Lederman has just done an interview that’s really worth checking out, it makes his academic paper more accessible: But that’s not normal functional movement. Why after millions of years of evolution would you need to do this?

When I got up the next morning I could not even sit up in bed to drink a cup of tea!. Why don’t we instinctively do this as children?

This site uses cookies. Reply to this Comment. Cookies improve the user experience and help make this website better. Home The Myth of Core Stability: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. However, research has shown that in the majority of women, any back pain during pregnancy spontaneously improves within the first week of delivery. The practice offers a range of healthcare options for patients seeking an alternative or complementary therapy to conventional methods.

Weak abdominals and imbalances between trunk muscle groups are not pathological, just a normal variation that does not lead to back pain. If you haven’t read his book Your Levermanyou’ll find it quite amusing by modern marketing standards.


Balanced poise doesn’t require “strength”, and “stability” invariably translates into rigidity at the expense of mobility.

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Focusing internally to concentrate on contracting stomach muscles is counter-intuitive to motor learning principles. The myth of core stability: When he looked at top football players he found that those with a strong core played no better than those without. I’d often find myself nodding in agreement with his principles only to not see it evidenced in practice.

I was lucky stabbility had very good teachers at virgin active when l started about 10 years ago living with a chronically repetitive strain injured ready to fall apart no muscle tone hypermobile jointed previous ballet body that had been stuck at a desk job for too long. Focussing on the contraction of individual muscles is counter-intuitive to how the rhe learns new skills. I read your blog on the core stability myth and it has made me laugh in fairness not much to laugh about as I am still very unwell But your post takes me back to four years ago when I was sent to a core stability physio class.

There’s an elephant in the room regarding this too and I’ll come back to it later. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. To be honest I found Pilates contradicts himself quite a bit in Your Health. You will receive an email from us shortly.

The myth of core stability.

Stacey Friday, 04 December Stagility Nesserassistant professor of physical education at Indiana State University, later tried to establish a positive link between core stability and the ability to perform ordinary daily tasks, but failed! He performed experiments by attaching electrodes to two groups of people, one with healthy backs and another with chronic back pain. They’re not typically known for the postural abnormalities so prevalent in “civilised” culture.


Causes a loss lederkan lumbar hollowing lordosis and stooping of the upper back 3.

Despite no clear link to core strength, the concept quickly spread spawning a huge rise in exercise classes based on Hodges work. The idea of core strength may have stayed within the Pilates community but for Professor Paul Hodges, head of human neurosciences at Queensland University.

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The core stability sessions tsability my muscle tone in my right foot to become so high, I had difficulty getting my shoes on.

Here are the articles: Breathing difficulties asthma, sleep apnoea and panic attacks may be related 6. Eyal Lederman has written an extensive critical review of the use of core stability in back pain leedrman, and although there is a lot of material covered in the review, it is summarised nicely and the reference list alone is worth getting the article!

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I told the physio the next week same happened and she said I should take Baclofen to lower my muscle tone, so that I could build up my core. Sign up for latest blogs and newsletter: Core strength seems to me really necessary for these people.