Evie, I see your point.
Many fitness professionals include myself define the core as everything between the head arms and legs as you have stated and I include myself among the many. However, if we are going to define it according to the textbook, the shoulder girdle is not inclusive of it. This is where I stand corrected.
When I am training my clients and I observe that the core in the pure definition of core is weak, there is generally weakness and instability in the scapular. Hence, I like many other fitness professionals design programs to improve core stability and strength/endurance as well as the stability and strength of the shoulder.
Thank you so much for your thought-provoking question and best to you!
I stand corrected. The shoulder girdle is not part of the core as is asked in the question. Please allow me to clarify.
It does have an affect on core stability. We know that “hip and trunk muscle strength, abdominal muscle endurance, the ability to maintain a particular spinal or pelvic alignment and the absence of ligamentous laxity in the vertebral column have all been identified as core stability.” Scapular stability is involved in this.
The anatomy of the core as defined by NASM Essential of Fitness Training is “the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex and the thoracic and cervical spine, where the body’s center of gravity is located.
The shoulder girdle does act on the thoracic spine, hence my confusion.
It would be foolhardy however to train the “core” and not include scapular stability.
Thank you all the heads up! 8))
I’m right there with Joanne as well.
IDEAFit’s “Articles” section has a massive amount of articles available for members to read whenever they like. This aspect of the site is actually one of the main reasons I have no problem renewing my membership year after year.
Out of curiosity, what information regarding the “core and shoulder girdle” are you specifically interested in? If you wouldn’t mind clarifying your actual question(s) perhaps I could provide some additional links to related articles/books/blogs/etc.