Core stabilization exercises are important for both injury prevention and improved performance in sports. With a strong supportive trunk, athletes can safely rely on the power and energy transferred through it while decreasing the likelihood of low-back injuries and deceleration injuries of the lower extremities—such as anterior cruciate ligament (knee ACL) injuries and meniscal tears.
- From one side, place a forearm on the floor perpendicular to your body, elbow directly below your shoulder.
- Straighten and stack your legs, then lift your hips so your weight is on your forearm and bottom foot, keeping the body in a straight line from head to heels. Place your free hand on your hip.
Note: To modify this exercise, drop to your knees and bend your legs behind you at a 90-degree angle, ensuring that your knees are in line with your hips and shoulders.