Lower back pain or injury to the abdominal muscles may cause delay or even absence in the contraction of core muscles which could lead to further dysfunction and pain. Having a strong core can help our body’s performance in daily activities as well as sporting activities and may even help prevent future injuries.
The function of your core muscles is to prevent excessive translation in the joints, which reduces wear and tear and helps to protect structures such as discs and ligaments against injury. These muscles are engaged in separate ways and therefore you can have a six-pack and still have a weak core since you cannot strengthen your core muscles by exclusively doing regular planks or sit up exercises. Therefore, teaching your body to activate core muscles during exercise can improve pain and allow your body to function to its full potential.