Movement Screens

How well do you move? Are you at risk for injury? Could you move better and improve your athletic abilities? Maybe you have an asymmetry or dysfunction that is holding you back and causing that tightness/pain?

The only way to know the answer to these questions is to have your movement screened.

Screens are a very important part of healthcare. They set a standard to measure growth, finds areas of opportunity, and expose risk.

For example, you go to the dentist twice a year to get your teeth "screened". The dentist will tell you the status of your oral hygiene, what areas you need to improve, tell you that you need to floss more, and will fix an problems you have. These visits also provide a standard to compare the next one against. That way you know if you're on the right path or if things are starting to go wrong. This can help predict cavities, root canals, and other oral pathologies.

Physical therapy is no different. Once or twice a year you should get your movement screened. It’s important to know areas that are at risk, what can improve, and what needs to be fixed. This will prevent injuries, improve performance, and give you a standard to measure against in the future. Knowing your progress (or regress) is extremely important. Plus, research has shown that having movement asymmetries and/or dysfunctions can increase the risk of injury by 3.5 times.

At Dynamic Sports PT we offer 3 different screens to keep your movement in check: The SFMA, FMS, and TPI.

SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment)
The SFMA is a whole body screen and assessment that provides information about movement patterns and local impairments. Overall, this screen will tell you how well you move and specific areas that may be limited.

FMS (Functional Movement System)
The FMS is a screen that determines asymmetrical and dysfunctional movement patterns. This screen will tell you how prepared you are for functional movements and athletic activities. Most professional sports teams use this screen.

TPI (Titleist Performance Institute)
The TPI screen was created to not only keep golfers healthy throughout their career, but also to increase their performance. It uses specific golf-based movements to determine the individual’s ability to perform a golf swing without compensations.

Overall the goal of these screens is to identify the movement pattern limitation so we can prescribe individualized corrective exercises to normalize movement before increasing physical demands with training or athletics. If you go into your workout or sport with compensations and poor movement patterns, you will not only be reinforcing this faulty movement, but you may be putting yourself at an unnecessary risk for injury.

After a screen at DSPT you will walk away with a full assessment and corrective strategies to improve your movement and decrease your risk of injury.

If you are interested in improving movement, decreasing compensations, and reducing injury risks please contact us at (212) 317-8303 or email us at info@dynamicsportspt.com.

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