Sports Injury Risk Management //
The Functional Movement Screen
If there was a way to uncover your hidden weaknesses, improve your performance, AND prevent injury in under 15 minutes, would you be interested?
Read this article about how the Seattle Seahawks incorporated the FMS .... and won the Super Bowl. Click here!
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a ranking system of how a person moves. The FMS grades injury risk by indentifying restricted movement in a joint, weakness of the muscles surrounding the joint and a lack of connectedness between your brain and body parts. These imbalances can cause compensatory changes in multiple areas of the body resulting in "energy leakage" and increase the potential for injury.
Everything we do at the Indianapolis Colts is built on a Functional Movement Screen base, it's the foundation of our program.
Jon Torine, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Indianapolis Colts
These restrictions, imbalances, and poor movement patterns "drastically distort motor learning, movement perception, body awareness, and mechanics. They rob the body of efficiency and are very often hidden by those individuals who learn to compensate and substitute with other movement patterns."
Once these issues are identified, a corrective exercise program is designed specific to the individual. Dramatic changes can occur very quickly if our programs are followed!
Why screen your kids when they first start sports? Because you get only ONE opportunity to build these proper motor patterns. See:Should you screen your kids?
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More on the FMS and the Seattle Seahawks.
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ACL Injury Prevention
"Too many athletes end their athletic careers not because they want to, but because they have to.”
ACL rupture is a devastating injury that can significantly affect a patient's activity level and quality of life. ACL injury frequently requires surgery and at least 6 months of rehabilitation before the athlete can return to a competitive level. Complete ACL tears can induce many chronic knee problems including knee instability, cartilage damage, and osteoarthritis. Two thirds of the patients with complete ACL tears have chronic knee instability and secondary damage to the cartilage. This damage to the joint structures can significantly affect knee function and often force patients to decrease their activity levels and change their life styles permanently.
ACL injuries are not sport specific, they are gender specific. Studies show that women are 2 to 10 times as likely as men to have an ACL injury. 55% of the 2009 women’s U.S. national soccer team has sustained an ACL injury. In 1995, an article was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine that found that female basketball players in the NCAA tore their ACLs four times more often than male basketball players. In the same study, women who played NCAA soccer sustained ACL injuries twice as often as male soccer players.
"You can prevent ACL injury. If you have a daughter who is playing basketball, soccer [or other field or court sports], then it is crazy if her team isn't undertaking one of the evidenced based warm-ups targeting lower limb injury prevention."
British Journal of Sports Medicine, October 2008
Contact us to learn more about how you can start an ACL Injury Prevention Program for an individual, group, or league.
Rotator Cuff Injury Prevention
Shoulder injuries have become a huge problem in swimming, throwing and hitting sports: baseball, softball, volleyball, swimming, track and field. I have seen too many injuries in very young athletes.
I wrote Rotator Cuff Relief: The Ultimate Guide to Rotator Cuff Fitness and Performance in order to prevent these injuries which can be avoided!
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