What is a Functional Movement Evaluation?
More and more individuals are constantly working harder to become healthier by improving their strength, flexibility, endurance and power. 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 putting fitness on dysfunction. 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. The Functional Movement Evaluation attempts to pinpoint these weak links, and alleviate them. By looking at the body as a whole, we identify the weak link in the movement pattern and then treat the targeted inefficiency and assign exercises to correct it. When this is accomplished, the individual or athlete will have greater movement efficiency, which will lead to improved performance and hopefully a decrease in injury potential.
How it works?
Patients and athletes are placed through a complete array of tests to assess a ‘total picture’ of their body, this entails movements of the upper extremity, lower extremity and core. Once the limitations and imbalances are identified, a recommended corrective exercise program will be issued which can be seamlessly integrated into your existing training program.
Functional Movement Evaluations:
- identify physical imbalances and weaknesses
- Improve mobility and stability
- improve functional and athletic performance
- reduce the potential for injuries
- improve movement efficiency
The intended purpose of movement screening is to:
- identify individuals at risk, who are attempting to maintain or increase activity level
- assist in program design by systematically using corrective exercise to normalize or improve fundamental movement patterns
- provide a systematic tool to monitor progress and movement pattern development in the presence of changing fitness levels
- create a functional movement baseline, which will allow rating and ranking movement for statistical observation