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CLINICAL COMMENTARY

Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization & sports rehabilitation

Authors:  Frank C, Kobesova A, Kolar P

Dynamic neuromuscular (core) stability is necessary for optimal athletic performance and is not achieved purely by adequate strength of abdominals, spinal extensors, gluteals or any other musculature; rather, core stabilization is accomplished through precise coordination of these muscles and intra-abdominal pressure regulation by the nervous system.  Understanding developmental kinesiology provides a framework to appreciate regional interdependence and the interlinking of the skeleton, joints, musculature during movement and the importance of training both the dynamic and stabilizing function of muscles in the kinetic chain.  The Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) approach provides functional tools to assess and activate the intrinsic spinal stabilizers in order to optimize the movement system for both prehabiliation and rehabilitation of athletic injuries as well as performance enhancement.

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