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The Healthy Programmer by Joe Kutner

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Unit-Testing Your Core Muscles

There are many ways to take stock of back pain, but perhaps the best known is the Kraus-Weber Test.

The Kraus-Weber (K-W) Test of Minimum Muscular Fitness measures large muscle groups for strength and flexibility. The individual tests that make up the full K-W Test were originally created in the 1940s in an effort to understand why an increasing number of children were developing bad posture. Some time after the end of World War II, doctors began applying the tests to a new epidemic: back pain. Dr. Hans Kraus, who developed the tests, dedicated the rest of his life to finding causes, preventions, and cures for this problem that no one had heard of before the war.

In the first clinical application of the tests, ...

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