PT Inquest Episode 81: Effect of Abdominal Bracing on GRF

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When engaging in athletic activities, many physical therapists recommend bracing with the abdominals for stability as a better way to manage loads, but is it? Is it possible that bracing actually increases forces through the body? How might that be? Is Erik’s singing in any way tolerable to our listeners?

Abdominal Bracing Increases Ground Reaction Forces and Reduces Knee and Hip Flexion During Landing.
Campbell A, Kemp-Smith K, O’Sullivan P, Straker L.
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Apr;46(4):286-92. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2016.5774. Epub 2016 Mar 8.

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Music for PT Inquest:
“The Science of Selling Yourself Short” by Less Than Jake
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Photo credit: “Muscles of the torso” by University of Liverpool Faculty of Health & Life Sciences via Flickr cropped by Erik Meira.

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