The Importance of Core Body Strength

Core and gluteal muscle strength is of fundamental importance to ensure proper efficient running technique and posture. Body asymmetries can develop because of poor body mechanics and alignment causing certain muscles to become overused while others become underused, this can result in injury and pain.

Pilates exercises help build strong core and improved posture by strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips shoulders and pelvis. In runners this helps to develop mechanically efficient running technique thus improving speed and reducing risk of injury.

A common injury for runners is knee pain. Often the cause or contributing factor influencing this is poor gluteal strength resulting in abnormal mechanical loads going through the knee joint which can result in pain with increased activity. The following exercises will improve gluteal strength and lower limb stability thus reducing the risk of knee injury and pain.

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals run a variety of Pilates classes at all hospital sites. We also have a number of Physiotherapists who are specially trained in Pilates who can offer advice on injury prevention and rehabilitation for more information please call on 0131 316 2537.


By Physiotherapist Kirsty Mosely

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Date: 29 June, 2014
Distances: Half Marathon & 10K
Start line (both distances): Meadowbank Stadium
Start time: 9:00am
Half Marathon Finish Line: Meadowbank Stadium
10K Finish Line: Holyrood Park