Functional Movement Testing - If You Aren't Assessing, Then You're Guessing!

Our approach involves a thorough functional movement assessment process that looks to identify the overlying cause of injury or pain, not just the pain itself.  This helps to shape a treatment plan to assure long term resiliency.  We use a hybrid system of the processes listed below as well as breaking down exercise movements such as squatting and running.

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Seated Spinal Rotation Test

SFMA Professional in Chesterfield

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is used heavily for our patients that are in pain.  By using the joint by joint approach, we are assessing total body movement via the Top Tier and then we subsequently break each movement down into its individual parts.  Commonly, pain in a joint is often a product of dysfunction elsewhere in the body.  For example, many individuals with shoulder pain often have a restricted upper back and a weak shoulder blade complex.  If we focus solely on the shoulder, we are missing valuable information that can limit the amount of progress that can be achieved.

Check out how the Rams and Blues have used the SFMA and FMS.

Functional Movement Screen in Chesterfield

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the cousin to the SFMA.  Where the SFMA is used for individuals in pain, the FMS is utilized to assess people that are pain free.  It evaluates the person's ability to move and coordinate the body in several different tests.  Each test is rated on a scale of 0 to 3 based on how well they perform and whether or not there is pain present.  The purpose of the screen is to indicate potential problem areas for the individual that may correlate with potential injury and lack of performance..  The FMS is currently utilized at the NFL and NHL combine to assess players before they get drafted.

Read about the benefits of using the FMS within USA gymnastics.

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FMS Hurdle Test

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Y-Balance Test

Y-Balance Test in Chesterfield

The Y-Balance Test (YBT) is a research backed evaluation of motor control and functional symmetry.  It allows us to quarter the body – left versus right and upper versus lower body - to test how the core and each extremity function under bodyweight loads.  It is a helpful tool to determine an athletes return to play status after an injury.  It is also useful in identifying key weaknesses that can be targeted via functional rehabilitation and strength and conditioning.

Dr. Chris Collier's Certified Member Profile

Snapshot of Dr. Chris Collier's FMS profile

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