The core is the collection of muscles that stabilise the spine and pelvis, and provides the solid foundation for movement of the extremities.
A strong core distributes the stresses of weight-bearing and protects the back. This is essential in serious sport and is a major factor in increasing performance and possibly reducing injury.
Physiotherapy can provide appropriate exercises, such as using gym balls or specific mat-based work and resistive bands. In addition, dynamic core work can be used in conjunction with proprioceptive control (the body’s ability to sense movement and effort) in order to improve function following an injury or to enhance sporting potential.
Certainly most professional sports see the advantage of this type of exercise in striving for ultimate performance.