Introducing the Core: Demystifying the Body of an Athlete

William C Meyers, MD
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There is no more important area of the body for an athlete than the core, the region of our body from our chest to our knees. The core is our engine, our hub of activity. Strength there makes life easier for shoulders and knees. It produces speed and explosiveness. Endurance and grit.
The core is so important. So why has it remained such a medical mystery?
This book will explain that.
Introducing the Core: Demystifying the Body of an Athlete traces the arc of the journey from injury to restoration of power to the return to normal life.
Dr. William Meyers is the nation’s foremost authority on core health. Along with over 40 world-renowned expert contributors, Dr. Meyers explains how the core functions through stories from his work in locker rooms, the operating room, and the playing fields of elite athletes, giving readers a thorough understanding of the core’s widespread influence on athleticism and the human anatomy.
The book:
  • Dissects the events that led Dr. Meyers and his team of experts to their new appreciation of this anatomy
  • Brings multiple world-renowned arthroscopists into the overall core picture, providing their perspectives on how the core works, with the pubic bone as “the sun” of the body’s universe
  • Offers insight into the many causes of pelvic pain, demonstrating why the term “sports hernia,” should be banished forever
  • Emphasizes the fact that a wide spectrum of professionals treat the core -- from traditional surgeons to alternative therapists
  • Brings it all together and proposes a new future, and perhaps a new medical specialty, that is the core
“Strength, power, and endurance all flow from the core. This book, and the work Bill Meyers has done in the field, will bring good core health to the forefront and help everyone—elite athletes and others.”
—Michael William Krzyzewski
“Even in baseball, injury patterns in the shoulder and elbow are related to core imbalance. This book has been needed for a long time… Bill has helped the idea of core strength become more popular, and this book could be what is needed to get it more attention.”
—James Rheuben Andrews, MD
“To understand the core, you must put on new eyes.”
      —Marshawn Lynch

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Editors and Illustrator

Contributing Authors

Foreword by Michael William Krzyzewski

Foreword by James Rheuben Andrews, MD

Foreword by Bryan Talmadge Kelly, MD


Section One        The Way We Were*

*from the romantic comedy starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford

Chapter 1                 What’s the Core? It Seems Kind of Important

Chapter 2                 New Eyes—Medicine’s Inability to See the Core

Chapter 3                 The Eureka Moment for the Core

Chapter 4                 The Difficulty Abandoning Old Eyes—“Unseeing”

Section Two       New Universe*

*from the book imprint for Marvel Comics

Chapter 5                 Presenting…the Core!

Chapter 6                 Some Concepts to Keep in Mind

Chapter 7                 The Pubic Bone

Chapter 8                 The “Harness”

Chapter 9                 The Rectus Abdominis—Our “Cinderella Muscle”

Chapter 10               The Adductors—Demystifying Them

Chapter 11               The Rectus Femoris—The “Rodney Dangerfield Muscle”

Chapter 12               The Iliopsoas—aka the Psoas—aka the “Eminem Muscle”

Chapter 13               The Glutes—The “New Beauty Muscles”

Chapter 14               The Other Muscles—Hip and Core Stability

Atlas                          Stargazing—Seeing the Constellation of Core Diagnoses

Chapter 15               So, You Want to Become a Doctor? Part One—Diagnostic Ambushes

Chapter 16               Fifteen Core Principles

Chapter 17               So, You Want to Become a Doctor? Part Two—History, Physical Examination,
                                   Imaging, and Other Tests

Chapter 18               Nerves in the Core—A “Fifth Dimension”

Enrique Aradillas, MD

Chapter 19               The Universe of Diagnoses

Chapter 20               How the Core Universe Forms

Chapter 21               Optimizing and Fixing the Core Muscles

Section Three    Hip Hop Movement*

*from the subculture that formed in the early 1970s in the South Bronx

Chapter 22               The Hip—How Far We Have Come!

J. W. Thomas Byrd, MD

Chapter 23               Private Eyes on the Hip—Sometimes a Culprit in Pelvic Pain and Pelvic Floor Disorders

Struan H. Coleman, MD, PhD

Chapter 24               Traps in Hip Arthroscopy

John P. Salvo Jr, MD and Kevin O’Donnell, MD

Chapter 25               Special Considerations in Adolescents

Fares S. Haddad, MD (Res), FRCS (Orth), Dip Sports Med, FFSEM;
Feras Ya’ish, FRCS (Orth), MBBS; and Konstantinos Tsitskaris, MSc, MRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Chapter 26               Hip Arthroscopy—Frontiers and Limitations

Anil S. Ranawat, MD; Brian J. Rebolledo, MD; and Jacqueline M. Brady, MD

Chapter 27               Complex Core-Hip Considerations in the Athlete—
                                   From “Lighting the Lamp” to “Getting Your Face Washed”

Marc J. Philippon, MD; William R. Mook, MD; and Karen K. Briggs, MPH

Chapter 28               Biomechanics

                                           (A) Tilt and Version

Eric J. Kropf, MD; Struan H. Coleman, MD, PhD; and Alexander E. Poor, MD

                                           (B) Altered Hip Biomechanics and the Muscles

Marc R. Safran, MD and Joshua Sampson, MD

Chapter 29               What Lies Behind the Hip—The Deep Derrière

Hal David Martin, DO

Section Four       Shared Responsibility*

*from both Democratic and Republican Presidential platforms

Chapter 30               Fixing Everything—Putting the Core Universe Into Perspective

Chapter 31               Managing the Ruptured Proximal Hamstring

Christopher C. Dodson, MD and Daniel P. Woods, MD

Chapter 32               Rehabilitation and Performance—From Snake Oil Salespeople to Well-Oiled Machines

Alexander E. Poor, MD; Jim McCrossin, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES, CKTP; and
Alex McKechnie, PT, MCSP

Chapter 33               The Final Stage of Rehab—Getting All the Way Back

Andrew Small, PT, CSCS, RSCC*D, MPhtySt, BSc (HMS-ExSci)

Chapter 34               Don’t Forget the Thorax

Tracey Vincel, PT, MPhty, CBBA and Andrew Barr, DPT, MSc Spt Sci, BSc (Hons) Physio, CSCS

Chapter 35               The Yin and Yang of Yoga

Biz Magarity, MBA, C-IAYT, 500 E-RYT

Chapter 36               Perspectives of Nonoperative Sports Medicine Physicians

                                           (A) Nonoperative Interventions for the Management of “Hip” Pain

Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP and Sarah C. Hoffman, DO, FAAP, CAQSM

                                           (B) We Need More Studies

David Stone, MD

Chapter 37               An Osteopath’s View of the Core Universe—Manipulative Therapies—A Functional Approach

Jason Hartman, DO; Philip J. Koehler III, DO, MS; and Veronica Williams, DO, Illustrator

Chapter 38               A Chiropractor’s Perspective—The Knee Bone’s Connected to the Thigh Bone

Marc Legere, DC, BS, BA

Section Five        Life Is a Journey*

*from “Life is a journey and not a destination,” attributed to Transcendentalist poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson and revisited by AM O’Shea, a very smart CEO

Chapter 39               Putting It All Together—A Patient’s Perspective on the Core

Esra Roan, PhD

Chapter 40               Final Chapter—Seeing Things a Whole New Way

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