To identify movement dysfunctions, Wellness Movement Center employs a multifaceted approach by first assessing the child’s posture, observing and video taping their movements using The Functional Movement Screen ™ and then assessing core function.
Functional Movement Screen
The FMS is a valuable tool in discovering imbalances between the right and left side of the body. These imbalances also known as Asymmetries could increase the risk factor of injury.
Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries.
The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.
Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.
The FMS was developed by Gray Cook MPT, who is one of the world’s most respected injury-prevention specialists. According to Cook, the primary cause of athletic injuries is neither weakness nor tightness, but rather muscle imbalance.
The first step towards injury prevention is to first assess posture and core function and then to screen movement. By having postural landmarks to work from provides relevant information as to the child’s basic structural position.
Then observing movement provides key information in relationship to the child’s motor control.
This is the process by which humans and animals use their brain/cognition to activate and coordinate the muscles and limbs involved in the performance of a motor skill.
Lastly assessing core function is vital and assessing/screening movement captures some of this. There is an outer core, which we all admire and then there is an inner core unit that envelops the body internal and is the first responder to spinal stability. Assessing the inner unit is vital to capture the cores true function.
Wellness Movement Center employs its own integrated assessment/screening protocol developed exclusively for young athletes, which we have used since 2010 with great success.
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