Core stability (also known as postural control) is the ability to control the position and movement of the central part of the body. This mainly involves the muscles in the trunk (stomach and back), shoulders and hips. These are necessary to help maintain good posture and give a stable base to allow controlled movements of the arms, legs, and head.
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Children and young people with decreased core stability may:
Important points to consider:
Adult supervision is recommended for all gym ball activities.
Ensure the environment is free from other obstacles.
Gym ball should be 55cm diameter for younger children, and 65cm or 75cm for older children.
Make sure child/young person can sit on the gym ball with their hips and knees at a right angle and feet flat on the floor
Below are some other suggestions of activities that you can do with your child to help develop their core strength which can be incorporated into their play and daily activities.