Movement Chapter 3: Understanding Movement

This is a chapter 3 summary of the book “Movement” by Gray Cook. You Down with SOP? Unlike many other areas, movement does not have a standard operating procedure and is thus very subjective. Since movement is the foundation for all activity, it is important that we develop some type of standard for good movement. Changing Compensations Movement compensations are often unconscious, thereby making these patterns difficult to be cued away.  It may be the case that less threatening movements and corrective exercise could be utilized to change undesired patterns. When designing exercise, it is important to make them challenging as opposed to difficult. Difficulty implies struggling, whereas challenges are what test one’s abilities. Anyone can make something difficult, but not all can challenge. Function of the FMS and SFMA The goals of the functional movement systems are as follows: 1)      Demonstrate if movement patterns produce pain within accepted ranges of movement. 2)      Identify those without pain that are at high injury risk. 3)      Identify specific exercises and activities to avoid until achieving the required movement competency. 4)      Identify the best corrective exercise to restore movement competency. 5)      Create a baseline of standardized movement patterns for future reference. The difference between the FMS and SFMA is that the FMS assesses risk whereas the SFMA diagnoses movement problems. The FMS operates in the following manner: 1)      Rates and ranks nonpainful movements based on limits and asymmetries. 2)      Identifies pain. 3)      Identifies lowest ranking or most asymmetrical patterns; most primitive pattern if

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