Importance of Core Training
The musculature of your core is an important part of the protective mechanism that relieves your spine from excessive or harmful forces that occur during your daily activities. Individuals who have chronic lower back pain are likely not activating their core muscles on a regular basis.
Without activation of these muscles, there is an increased amount of pressure on the disks in your spine as well as an extensive amount of compression force in the lower parts of your spine. Without providing proper core support for your spine, damage can result to the ligaments that support it.
Furthermore, this can lead to narrowing of the openings in the vertebrae that the spinal nerves pass through. Nerve compression can be responsible for a condition commonly known as sciatica. When this occurs there is pain, numbness, and tingling all the way down the leg.
Nerve compression could be the result of spinal stenosis. This disorder often affects one or more of three specific areas in your spine — the canal in the center of the column of bones (the spinal column) where the spinal cord and nerve roots are located, the canals at nerve base or nerve roots where nerves begin to branch away from your spinal cord, or in the spaces between your vertebrae where many nerves go from your spine to other parts of your body. Spinal stenosis can affect a small or large area of your spine.
If it causes pressure on the lower part of your spinal cord or nerve roots, it may give rise to pain or numbness in your legs. If the pressure hits the upper part of your spinal cord near your neck, then it may produce similar symptoms in your shoulders as well as your legs.
While training in Krav Maga you will likely receive punches or kicks to the midsection of your body. You need to be able to contract or harden your core muscles so these strikes do not do serious damage upon impact. To make these reactions occur in order to avoid injury takes practice and training.
The core is not solely restricted to your belly region; it extends to the regions of your rib cage and along the back of your body.
One of the most common injuries suffered by all kinds of pro fighters is bruised, cracked, or broken ribs. One of the things that protects your ribs and provides them with support is the tight musculature that surrounds them. By strengthening these muscles and training them to harden quickly, you can decrease your chances of suffering fractured ribs that are caused by impact.