- Do you want to avoid getting injured (especially if you are about to start a new activity or significantly increase your training)?
- Do you have an injury that just keeps coming back over and over again?
- Do you want to maximize your performance in your chosen sport or activity?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you owe it to yourself to watch this 1 minute video and keep reading below…
Should I get screened using the functional movement screen?
If you fit into one of these three categories, the answer is YES!
“I want to get fit”
Before you start your quest to get in shape, you should get a exam from your MD to make sure your heart can handle what you’re about to do.
That’s great but…
You usually aren’t forced to stop a new exercise program because it causes a serious medical problems. Here’s what happens:
- You start exercising
- Something starts hurting (but you keep exercising)
- Your pain gets worse
- You decide to stop and rest it
- The pain eventually goes away (or it doesn’t) but you’ve lost all momentum on your new exercise program
You should have a functional movement screen before starting a new exercise program. Find out what your body needs to change to be able to exercise safely.
“My (name a body part) keeps acting up”
You know that if you do a particular activity, it’s gonna hurt. You may even have done therapy and they said “it’s as good as it’s gonna get.”
Unfortunately, too many therapists focus only on the spot that hurts. The spot that hurts is just the weakest link in your movement chain or compensation pattern. The Functional Movement Screen detects how the whole body moves together.
When you keep hurting the same body part, it tends to get worse over time. At worst, you could make a small problem into something that needs surgery.
Get screened ASAP! Fix it before it sideline you for months.
“I want to get better (in my chosen sport or activity)”
Don’t we all?
More practice isn’t always the answer. It’s starting at the end if you haven’t checked your basic movement patterns.
Your skill at a given sport or activity is the tip of the pyramid – you wouldn’t work on it the the rest of the pyramid was complete.
- Skill – This is sport or activity specific. It’s been said you need 10000 hours of practice to master a skill.
- Performance – This is your capacity to do your activity. It’s why you train in the gym, cross train, and do cardio. Outrageous skills won’t help if you’re too tired to pull off that great move at the end of the game.
- Movement – Your ability to do a normal movement under “control.” If you can’t do it the normal way, your body will compensate by changing your movement to get around the problem. You might still be able to play with bad movement patterns but your results will never match your potential.
The best time to get screened is in the off-season. You want time to clean up your movement patterns before you start training and doing sport specific activities. Pre-participation exams are a great time to incorporate the functional movement screen.
If you’re already in season or never get an off-season, then the best time to get screened is now!