What is it about?

This study examined how core strengthening exercises can affect the jumping performance of male college athletes who play sports for fun. They found that doing these exercises, called core activation exercises, can significantly improve both core strength and jumping ability. The researchers recruited 25 male recreational athletes for the study. During the first visit, they familiarized the participants with the study. Then, on the second visit, they collected baseline data after the athletes did a regular warm-up. Finally, on the last visit, the athletes performed core activation exercises, and their jumping performance was measured again. The results showed that the core activation exercises led to noticeable improvements in core strength (the muscles in the midsection of the body) and jumping ability. This suggests that including core activation exercises in the warm-up routine can help athletes perform better in sports by enhancing their power, agility, and speed. The core is a crucial aspect of athletic performance and should not be ignored in training.

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Why is it important?

Sure! Here are the practical insights from the research: 1. Core activation exercises immediately increase core isometric strength and improve countermovement jump (CMJ) performance in male college athletes. 2. Core activation exercises can enhance power, agility, and speed in sports performance. 3. The study is the first to explore the impact of core activation on various CMJ characteristics beyond just height and time factors. 4. Core training with post-activation potentiation (PAP) is a practical and time-efficient way to improve athletic performance. 5. Core engagement and stability are crucial for efficient jumping and can reduce injury risk. 6. Incorporating core activation exercises into warm-up routines before competitions may offer unique training benefits and improve performance. 7. Core activation exercises can positively influence muscle coordination and force output during jumps. 8. The findings suggest that isometric core training can lead to dynamic strength improvements in sports-related activities. 9. Core activation exercises are practical and cost-effective and can be integrated into various game-based training for team sports. 10. Further research on the long-term effects of core activation exercises is warranted to better understand their lasting benefits.


From a practical application standpoint, this paper offers valuable insights that can be directly implemented by athletes and coaches to enhance athletic performance, particularly in jump-based sports. The core activation exercises demonstrated in the study can be easily integrated into warm-up routines before competitions and training sessions. By incorporating these core activation exercises, athletes can immediately increase their core isometric strength, which is crucial for stabilizing the body during various athletic movements, including jumps. This enhanced core strength can provide a solid foundation for generating more power and explosiveness in jumps, leading to improved jump height and overall performance. Moreover, the research clears the air regarding the influence of core activation on various countermovement jump (CMJ) characteristics. While previous studies have explored different training methods, this study specifically focuses on core activation exercises and their direct impact on CMJ performance beyond just height and time factors. This unique contribution helps athletes and coaches understand the specific benefits of core activation for jumps, providing a targeted approach to training. The paper also highlights the link between post-activation potentiation (PAP) and core activation exercises. Understanding the physiological mechanisms behind PAP and how it triggers neuromuscular adaptations can guide the design of effective training programs. Athletes can strategically use PAP to optimize their performance, knowing that it can lead to heightened neuromuscular engagement and improved movement patterns. Furthermore, the study addresses the relationship between core strength and jump performance, which has been a topic of interest in sports literature. By demonstrating a significant increase in core isometric strength after core activation exercises, the research supports the importance of core training in enhancing both strength and power for better jump performance. In conclusion, this paper's practical application lies in providing athletes and coaches with evidence-based strategies to improve jump performance through core activation exercises. By incorporating these exercises into their training routines, athletes can strengthen their core, increase their power output, and ultimately enhance their jumping abilities. Additionally, the study's focus on PAP and its impact on neuromuscular adaptations clarifies the mechanisms behind improved performance, empowering athletes to optimize their training and achieve better results in their respective sports.

Akshita Goel
Guru Nanak Dev University

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This page is a summary of: Effect of post-activation potentiation using core activation on isometric core strength and countermovement jump variables in university male recreational athletes, Comparative Exercise Physiology, November 2022, Wageningen Academic Publishers,
DOI: 10.3920/cep220012.
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