Making a New Year’s Resolution to get fit in 2016? You’re not alone. It’s one of the most popular resolutions, but it’s also a common way people end up “overdoing it.” At Scott Family Health, our physical therapy team can help you get on track with your fitness goals safely with a Functional Movements Screen (FMS). This personalized screening of your body’s current abilities can help you prevent injury during exercise.
The two main risk factors for musculoskeletal injury are previous injuries and asymmetry. The FMS is a reliable, 7-step screening process of fundamental movement patterns that can be evaluated to identify movement limitations and asymmetries. Athletes in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, not to mention Special Ops military personnel, all spend millions of dollars each year on trainers who specialize in FMS to keep themselves injury-free. It’s an early-warning system to prevent injuries before they happen.
The FMS provides you with an individualized assessment of your movement patterns. We can then identify, rate, and rank movement limitations and asymmetries. We can also prescribe individualized corrective exercise to normalize the movement before increasing physical demands with training. This is especially important if you have a previous injury to consider when you’re setting new fitness goals. If your body’s movement is dysfunctional, then all exercise done on top of that dysfunction might be flawed or compromised, predisposing you to injury.
By simply screening your movement using the FMS, we can gauge the risk of re-injury and advise you on how to reduce that risk. Poor movement patterns demonstrate increased injury risk with additional activity. Once fundamental movement is managed, other factors like strength, endurance and coordination will also play a role in injury prevention…but movement comes first! Please contact us to schedule an FMS screening with a member of our physical therapy team today and get moving safely in 2016.
RICHARD JOHNSON, PTA, PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Fort Lewis College, and his Associates of Applied Science Physical Therapy Assistant from Morgan Community College in 2013. Richard has a background as a (CSCS) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist working with athletes at the Division I and II level developing strength/conditioning programs and teaching proper weightlifting technique. Richard enjoys having the knowledge and skills to help decrease pain and increase functional ability to help people better their lives.