What is my “core”, why is it important in soccer, and what are some exercises I can do for it?
What is the “Core”?
In its most basic sense, your core consists of the muscles in your torso.
While core training is sometimes also referred to as ab or abdominal training, this is actually not entirely accurate. Abdominal exercises primarily work the rectus abdominus, external obliques, internal obliques, and transverse abdominus. Core work uses the abdominal muscles and also include the multifidus and rotatores stabilizer muscles, the erector spinae (both the length and the lateral portions), the latissimus dorsi, the gluteus maximus, the trapezius, and a handful of others.
Why is the Core Important?
The core muscles play several roles:
Exercises for the Core
Here are some exercises you should do to strengthen your core for soccer.