The myth of core stability

J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2010 Jan;14(1):84-98. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2009.08.001.


The principle of core stability has gained wide acceptance in training for the prevention of injury and as a treatment modality for rehabilitation of various musculoskeletal conditions in particular of the lower back. There has been surprisingly little criticism of this approach up to date. This article re-examines the original findings and the principles of core stability/spinal stabilisation approaches and how well they fare within the wider knowledge of motor control, prevention of injury and rehabilitation of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems following injury.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / physiology*
  • Exercise Movement Techniques / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / prevention & control
  • Low Back Pain / therapy
  • Muscle Contraction / physiology
  • Muscle Relaxation / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / therapy
  • Physical Fitness / physiology*
  • Postural Balance / physiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Spine / physiology*
  • Weight Gain / physiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*