Drawing In


Since I addressed the knee myth, why not open the “Drawing In” can of worms. When I saw this picture of the Kayaker on the BBC Sports website this morning I could not help but think of core stabilization and the so called ”drawing in” maneuver to activate the Transverse Abdominis and Internal Oblique. Do you actually think that this Kayaker could or would possibly have time to do that? To stay upright and on course he braced against the paddle in the water to activate whatever muscles were necessary to get the job done. The TA and IA could not do the job to keep him upright by themselves. They need a ton of help. Let’s put this ridiculous idea to rest. Core training is about putting the body in as many different positions to activate the different muscles of the core so that they can work synergistically to solve whatever movement problem they are presented.
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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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