“Core” strength, refers to building muscle strength throughout the body. All the muscles surrounding the chest, stomach and back, along with neck and hip muscles make up the “core muscles.” Having a strong “core” leads to stamina and endurance for physical activities, contributes to good balance and coordination. A weak “core” can lead to injury and fatigue.
Motor play is critical to building trunk strength. This begins in the crib and should continue at some level throughout the life span. Age appropriate motor activities are essential so the child can gain the core strength and motor control that serves as a base for a life time of physical activities.
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