Midline stabilization is essential for effective functional movement. Kelly Starrett, of San Francisco CrossFit, explains the essential anatomy and physiology of it in this excerpt from his one day seminar at CrossFit Santa Cruz on November 9, 2008.
The midline is the entire spine, and its stability is dependent not just on the core, but also on all the prime movers of the body, including the hip, glutes, and hamstrings. Excessive tightness in any of the prime movers will affect the core muscles, often resulting in low back pain.
In this part 2, Kelly explains, and has the participants practice, a set of drills that illustrate the difference between primary stabilizers and emergency stabilizers. As he explains at the end, these drills are not designed for strengthening the muscles. For that, we use functional movement such as the squat, deadlift, and overhead work.
This is the second of a series from Kelly on the theory and practice of stabilizing the midline in functional movement.