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Back Stability

Textbook, Exam


The Back Stability course is designed to help Personal Trainers recognize and manage back conditions using proven clinical approaches to stabilize the spine. More than just another sequence of back exercises, the Back Stability course provides a theoretical foundation that will guide you in selecting the most effective exercises for each client and integrating them into a complete program to offer the best possible care in back health.

A focus on evidence-based practice pervades the program to address one of the most common maladies of modern living: back pain. The program combines research from around the world in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor skill training.

  • Details

The Back Stability course is organized into five parts that follow a logical progression from initial concepts to practical applications. The program introduces the problems of back pain and instability and provides an explanation of spinal anatomy, movements, and the physics of lifting. A discussion follows of the basic skills required for developing stability. Assessments of posture and muscle balance are highlighted, and foundational movements for development of core stability are introduced.

After covering the basics, the course moves into more practical applications by presenting progressive exercises and basic equipment used for developing greater stability. Information on abdominal training, resistance apparatus, speed and power, and practical functional progressions will help your clients increase back stability and enhance performance. Finally, real-life patient examples illustrate how to structure a full back stability program.

The course presents an alternative method for the treatment of back pain and provides each client the opportunity to actively participate in recovery and maintenance. By integrating the science behind back pain into a useable format for understanding and application, Back Stability offers proven methods of care and assists your work with clients to alleviate their pain, increase their back stability, and help them return to a fully functional lifestyle.


  • Conceptual Foundation
  • What Is Back Stability
  • Biomechanics of the Lumbar Spine
  • Stabilization Mechanisms of the Lumbar Spine
  • Principles of Muscle Imbalance
  • Establishing Stability
  • Posture
  • Muscle Balance Tests
  • Foundation Movements
  • Progressing Stability Training
  • Limb Loading
  • Unstable Base
  • Gym Ball
  • Foam Rollers
  • Building Back Fitness
  • Faults With Traditional Abdominal Training
  • Abdominal Training Using Stability Concepts
  • Resistance Training for Core Strength
  • Speed and Power in Core Training
  • Functional Training
  • Clinical Application
  • Preliminary Client Assessment
  • Designing the Program
  • Case History Illustrations
  • Pregnant Client With Back Pain

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