Kinesiology and Allied Health Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2013

Journal Title

Strength and Conditioning Journal

ISSN

1524-1602

Volume

35

Issue

5

First Page

22

Last Page

26

DOI

10.1519/SSC.0000000000000003

Abstract

Since 1982, the U.S. Navy has used the curl-up as part of its semiannual physical readiness test (PRT) to assess core muscular endurance. Although no formal study has been conducted yet, there is speculation that the incorporation of the curl-up into the PRT has contributed to the navy's lower back injury rate. Therefore, there has been considerable interest as of late to identify a safer (and more operationally relevant) alternative to the curl-up. The following article takes a formal look at the standard front plank as a possible replacement for the curl-up for incorporation into the Navy's PRT.

Keywords

Exercise, armed forces, muscular system, human performance, standards, injuries, back

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