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Trunk Stabilization Program

Robert Watkins IV';

By Robert Watkins IV

Posted on January 13th, 2014 in Spine Center

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and sports are one approach many people choose to get their exercise. Up to 20% of all injuries that occur in sports involve an injury to the lower back or neck.

The lower back is subject to a great deal of strain in many sports. Sports that use repetitive impact like running, or a twisting motion as in golf or weight loading at the end of a range-of-motion as in weightlifting commonly cause damage to the lower back. Recent studies have shown that stretching the muscles does not prevent injury. For every sport, a thorough warm-up should be completed before starting to play. The warm-up should consist of trunk stabilization exercises to activate the core muscles to protect the spine from injury. If the muscles are firing in proper sequence, they will prevent injury and enhance performance.

A copy of Dr. Watkins' Trunk Stabilization program is available at watkinsspine.com. At the Marina Spine Center, our goal is to get you out of pain and back to your life.