A Better Workout Awaits
Walk into any fitness center, weight room, or community center and you will see a variety of fitness and exercise programs being performed. These programs offer hope of weight reduction, increased strength, 6-pack abs, and improved athletic and sports performance. The problem with many of these programs is they do not assess the individual’s physical or functional movement limitations, before they start the training sessions. A tremendous amount of athletes and individuals are performing high-level activities even though they are inefficient in their fundamental movements; without knowing it, these individuals are creating dysfunctional fitness. These individuals create poor movement patterns, train around a pre-existing problem or simply do not train their weakness during their strength and conditioning programs. These programs often focus on isolation exercises that develop a few muscles in an isolated movement plane. Movement in life and especially in athletics occurs in multiple planes, muscles shorten and lengthen, some muscles stabilize while other muscles move body segments, and the brain coordinates movement and balance. This makes it essential to screen an individual’s fundamental movements prior to beginning a rehabilitative or strength and conditioning program.
The idea is to perform an assessment before the individual begins training; the functional movement screen is the ideal starting point for most individuals. The training program can then be developed based on the person’s weak link, a weak link is a physical or functional limitation.
A functional movement screen is designed to assess an individual’s ability to move through fundamental movement patterns. Any limitations in movement patterns may increase the individual’s risk of injury and compromise performance gains. A focal point of this screening process is that significant limitations, or right and left imbalances, exist in some individuals at very basic levels of movement. The significant limitations in left – right imbalances drastically distort motor learning, movement perception, body awareness and mechanics. They rob the body of efficiency and very often are hidden by those who learn to compensate and substitute with other movement patterns. By looking at the movement patterns and not just one area, a weak link can be identified; corrective exercises can be used to address these weak links. When this is accomplished, the individual or athlete will have greater movement efficiency, which will lead to improved performance and hopefully decreased injury potential
If you have any questions or would like to register please contact Tony Andrejko at 570-842-8191. Tony Andrejko is a physical therapist assistant/athletic trainer; he works at the Moscow clinic. Tony is also a functional movement certified specialist.