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What are lumbar stabilizers?

Lumbar stabilizers are the muscles in the low back that help maintain the spine’s curvature. These muscles do not really shorten or lengthen the spine. Rather, they hold the spine in place. An example of a lumbar stabilizer is the quadratus lumborum muscle.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Tampa Athletic Training Education Program)

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