Assessment of Injured vs. Uninjured Individuals

The Functional Movement Screen is a test used for UNINJURED people who are starting a training program or working with an athletic trainer, fitness trainer or coach.  The three main clearing tests for this screen are: shoulder clearing, extension clearing (bending backwards) and flexion clearing (bending forwards) tests.  This test identifies limitations and asymmetry of functional movement patterns.  These tests are for individuals that have no known injuries and are not in pain.  It highlights where they need to focus their energy to have better form with their movement patterns and exercise.  

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment is a more widely performed in physical theraphy clinics.  This is a diagnostic test for someone that is INJURED so that pain or tightness are already limiting their movements.  This test uses repeatable and function based tests to identify what is causing the pain by breaking down your movement patterns into smaller parts.  At its core, this test helps therapists categorize issuess into two main categories: mobility and stability.  This helps your therapist select the exact prescription of exercises and treatments to target what your system needs to improve your performance by correcting your joint or tissue dysfunctions.  These treatments will get you up and moving quickly and back to doing what you do best.  Namely, moving without pain and feeling like your AMAZING self again!  

Contact us and see one of our highly trained physical therapists today to get scheduled for your SFMA assessment at NOLASPORTSMEDICINE.COM.

Author
Amelia Embley MPT Amelia completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at LSUHSC-New Orleans. Her specialties include kinesiotaping, dry needling, Graston technique, manual therapy, cupping, SFMA, FMS and ART of the spine.

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