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Transversus abdominis and core stability: has the pendulum swung?
  1. G T Allison1,
  2. S L Morris2
  1. 1
    School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia
  2. 2
    The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
  1. Dr Garry T Allison, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Trauma Physiotherapy, School of Physiotherapy, Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology and Royal Perth Hospital Department of Physiotherapy, GPO Box U1987, Perth, Western Australia 6845; g.allison{at}


In the past decade there has been a focus on isolated transversus abdominis activation and how it contributes to lumbo-pelvic stability. This rationale has not only influenced the management of chronic low back pain (LBP); it has also been included in exercises for many other pathologies of the lower and upper limb and also for prophylaxis in pain-free subjects.

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  • Funding: SLM received support during her doctoral studies from the NHMRC Dora Lush Biomedical Science Scholarship.

  • Competing interests: None.

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