Your movement is unique, the way you approach an obstacle is unique – and the way you score a goal is unique. Athletes can take advantage of that to identify their strengths and ultimately, their weaknesses. Having a full understanding of the subconscious decisions you make, and your movement biases can help you to harness your full potential. This is true across all sports – whether you’re a running back, a volleyball player, or a dancer.
A functional movement assessment does the work for you – developing a custom-made plan to help you achieve your goals. Keep reading to find out more about what a functional movement assessment is, and why they’re important for improving your athletic performance.
What Is A Functional Movement Assessment?
A functional assessment is a 30 minute examination, using innovative technology to look at your three-dimensional functional movement – think of this as your range of motion, gait, posture, and balance control. This information allows you, and our team, to better understand where you have an opportunity to improve your athletic performance.
From here, a plan is developed – including custom exercise, cognitive training and coordination enhancement – to help you reach your full potential.
Why Is A Functional Movement Assessment Right For You?
Really, this is simple. A functional movement assessment allows you to fully understand your baseline movement. It arms you with the information and data you need to truly push yourself further, without risking injury – so you can exceed your current expectations, and outperform yourself.
Below, we’ll look at some of the benefits of undergoing this kind of movement assessment.
The Top 3 Benefits of a Functional Movement Assessment
1. Injury Prevention
We all know, injury means less time in the game, or on the track. Nobody wants that – but it’s essential to take the proper time to recover. The only way to avoid this interruption of the season is to prevent injury in the first place. A functional assessment takes into consideration the way your ankle turns when you run, the speed at which you cover distance and more – so we can tell you why those injuries happen for you, and help you to learn to avoid them.
2. Identify Areas of Improvement
Identifying where you can improve is one of the hardest things to do – it can be really difficult to take a step back and look at your performance objectively. That’s where we step in – our doctors, in addition to their health care credentials, have additional masters training in sports medicine, strength and performance, and clinical neuroscience plus extensive experience working with elite performers of all ages. That allows us to consider your performance, using our technology, and offer a full plan based on those areas of improvement.
3. Highlight Your Strengths
Just the same, identifying your strengths is critical – so we can help you to continue to hone them and make an impact with them. An external eye, trained in this kind of work, ensures that you leave our clinic and leave this assessment with a full understanding of your strengths, why they’re your strengths and how we can make them even stronger to push you to the next level. Plus, recurring assessments will enable us all to see how your strengths continue to grow throughout the season.
If you’re an athlete, or are considering becoming one, reach out to our team to discuss a baseline functional movement assessment. You’ll be glad that you did.