Functional Movement Assessment: Essential to Performance and Injury Prevention
Movement patterns can have a major impact on our bodies. Genetically, the human body was designed to jump, run, swim, throw, and perform at a high level. However, we have found that through the demands and of everyday life, stressors occur that produce a negative impact on our body’s mechanics. As a result of these stressors, pain, imbalances, asymmetries, and decreased function occur.
Current research suggests there may be a method for monitoring and documenting movement patterns in order to correlate these findings directly to overall physical function. In fact, multiple studies have correlated performance on the functional movement assessment with measures of core stability and performance.
Movement assessments are also a valuable tool for identifying individuals who are more likely to become injured. From high school sports to professional leagues, movement assessments are becoming integrated into pre-season sports physicals to identify athletes with pain or movement limitations before advanced performance training begins.
One of the major concepts behind the assessment is keeping the data objective and reproducible. Standardization of this test allows doctors and coaches to create a functional baseline number that can be monitored for change.
A functional movement assessment is scored on a scale from 0 to 21. Knowing your score is important, but more importantly, being aware of the dysfunctional patterns occurring in your own body is absolutely essential to preventing injuries during athletic conditioning.
If you do not know your functional score and would like to learn more about the function of your body, give us a call or contact another healthcare practitioner who cares for a person’s functional health.