Faculty Sponsor

Kelly Helm


Arts and Sciences


Exercise Science

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-1-2020


The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between core fatigue and low back pain. Nine college students with low back pain (M=2, F=7, ages 18-25) participated in the study by completing 4 different core exercises. Participants completed prone bridge test, left side plank, right side plank and the Sorensen test exercises for as long as possible with no form compensation or unbearable pain. After completion of each exercise, participants ranked their low back pain using the Visual Analog Scale (VAS). Mean age, height, and weight were recorded, and low back disability of the participants were assessed. The correlation between the pain rating and hold time per exercise was calculated. The correlation between VAS rating and right side plank hold time had the greatest positive correlation at 0.094. The correlation between VAS rating and plank hold time had a negative correlation at -0.593. The researcher found no correlation between a greater VAS pain rating and a shorter hold time. The null hypothesis is accepted; no significant correlation was found at R= +/- 1. Further research should be conducted with a larger sample size.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

My project is related to people with low back pain. I chose this topic because I have low back pain and had surgery on a bulging disc in December 2018. Through my rehab the therapists would tell me that I needed to strengthen my core, even though I felt like I had a strong core. After looking at other research, most found that people with low back have a weak core, so I wanted to research it myself.