Intelligently applied core conditioning and core stabilization has a positive influence on many aspects of your golf game and golf performance including optimum golf club head speed, golf address posture, golf backswing, golf downswing and golf swing follow through among others.
The transverse abdominis, also known as the TVA, is one of four muscles that make up the anterior and lateral core of the abdomen, the others being the internal obliques, external obliques, and the rectus abdominis. The transverse abdominis is the deepest of the core musculature and its fibers run horizontal acting as a corset or girdle around the midsection
Keep in mind that the core, more formally, also consists of the posterior muscular of the spine including the erector spinae and multifidus, among others which will be discussed in an upcoming article.
The transverse abdominis provides stability for the spine and its corresponding inter vertebral discs potentially reducing compressive forces. Since the transverse abdominis is the deepest musculature of the core and produces very little, if any, actual movement or range of motion through contraction, greater anatomical understanding as far as location and function will assist in the training, contraction and activation of the transverse abdominis as a part of your golf fitness and golf specific exercise program.
If the transverse abdominis is not engaging there can be compensatory involvement from other core stabilizers which may not be beneficial.
There is a body of research that points to the idea that the transverse abdominis, along with the multifidus muscle contract as a precursor directly before limb movement. That points to the idea of trunk stabilization acting as a prerequisite to dynamic movement
The internal obliques are the next level above the transverse abdominus. The internal obliques are in essence between the transverse abdominus and external obliques. Their function is to to initiate lateral flexion and rotation of the spine
The external obliques are the third layer of core, from the inside out, and most superficial. They are involved in flexion, rotation, and abdominal compression.
Last but not least is the rectus abdominis, which is found along the front or anterior trunk. Rectus abdominis runs from the pubic bone to the lower ribs. Its major function is to shorten the distance between the pelvis and the ribs, known as flexion.
There you have it. The individual players of the anterior and lateral human core.
In addition to improving many components of your golf game, core conditioning and core stabilization can improve your posture, create a sense of stability and being centered, improve overall muscular coordination and balance, and improve spine function, and that’s the short list.
Enjoy the process.
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Joe Sale, CNS, CSCS
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