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Stability Ball Exercises For Abdominal and Core Strengthening

Strengthening the abdominals in various planes should be incorporated into your injury prevention routine.  Use a stability ball to create a moving surface and require greater core stability.  These exercises involved the entire spine, arms, hands, shoulders, trunk, hips, legs and feet.  Pulling your legs into your body while being horizontal and with your belly facing the ground may feel awkward at first.  These exercises will stimulate the hip flexors and quads to fully contract across your hip joint and the pecs and lat muscles to contract across the shoulder joints to assist the abdominals in stability.  During soccer play when sliding or diving, prepare your body for the ground reaction forces.   Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions slowly to fine tune your coordination and allow your body to react to the unstable ball. 

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