Movement Screening is a powerful tool that can change the way we approach injury prevention, sports performance, and overall well-being. Movement Screening is used to identify limitations, weaknesses, and imbalances in an individual’s movement patterns and physical capabilities. By assessing how your body moves and functions, you gain valuable insights into areas that may need attention, thereby reducing the risk of injuries, enhancing your athletic performance, and optimizing your physical health. In this post we will discuss the benefits of Movement Screening for different individuals and what a Movement Screen involves.
Note: Are you an athlete or a weekend warrior living in Oakville or Burlington and you know you do not perform at your peak? Check with our physiotherapists from the Oakville and Burlington physio clinics.
The Benefits of Movement Screening
By undergoing a movement screening assessment, individuals can discover movement dysfunctions and imbalances within their bodies. These issues, if left unaddressed, can significantly increase the risk of injuries during physical activities, sports, or everyday movements. The beauty of movement screening lies in its proactive nature. By identifying and addressing these issues early on, individuals can take targeted measures to correct imbalances, improve mobility, and enhance overall movement quality. This proactive approach not only reduces the likelihood of injuries but also ensures that individuals can continue to pursue their activities with confidence and a reduced risk of setbacks.
Through movement screening, individuals gain insight into their specific areas of weakness or limited mobility, which can serve as barriers to optimal performance. Armed with this knowledge, professionals can design targeted exercise programs, custom-tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. These programs work systematically to address weaknesses, enhance mobility, and correct imbalances, ultimately elevating an individual’s performance in sports, fitness endeavors, and everyday tasks.
Movement screening results provide a baseline for designing personalized exercise routines and corrective strategies, ensuring that training programs are tailored to an individual’s specific needs and goals.
Movement Screening offers an objective and standardized way to assess movement, making it easier to track progress over time and measure the effectiveness of interventions.
Enhanced Functional Mobility:
By identifying and addressing movement limitations, Movement screening can improve an individual’s functional mobility, making everyday tasks easier and more comfortable.
Who Benefits from Movement Screening
Movement screening helps athletes optimize their performance, reduce the risk of injuries, and fine-tune their training programs.
Individuals pursuing fitness goals can identify movement limitations, leading to improved exercise routines and better results.
Movement screening can enhance balance, mobility, and quality of life for older adults, reducing the risk of falls and injuries.
Children and Teens:
Early screening can identify movement problems in young individuals, allowing for intervention and improved physical development.
What Does Movement Screening Involve:
A movement screen assesses various aspects of an individual’s movement patterns and physical capabilities to identify limitations, weaknesses, and imbalances. Below our Physiotherapist Kurt demonstrates some of the specific components assessed during a movement screen:
Flexibility: The screen evaluates an individual’s range of motion in various joints, such as the shoulders, hips, spine, and ankles.
Strength: Muscle strength is assessed in different muscle groups to identify any significant imbalances.
Stability and Balance: Assessments for stability and balance help identify issues that could increase the risk of falls or injuries.
Posture: The screen may evaluate an individual’s standing and sitting posture to identify any dysfunction.
Functional Movement Patterns: Individuals are observed while performing various functional movements, such as squatting and lunging. These movements help assess overall movement quality and identify any compensations or dysfunctions.
Gait Analysis: For walking and running patterns, gait analysis can be included to detect any abnormalities that may contribute to issues or injuries.
Sport Specific Movements: Assessments may focus on movements relevant to a particular sport, helping athletes identify areas for improvement. For instance, our physiotherapist Erin, specializes in a golf related screen for golfers, which consists of a series of 12 tests and screens that evaluate your mobility, stability and strength as they relate to your golf swing. Every person will have a slightly different Movement Screen which is specific to their sport or activity.
In summary, Movement Screening offers a comprehensive assessment of movement quality, providing valuable insights for injury prevention, performance enhancement, and personalized training programs. If you are interested in booking a Movement Screen, please contact the clinic. The therapists at all three of our locations are available to complete a Movement Screen. If you are interested in doing a more sport specific or gym related screen than our SST location with Liam is an ideal place to book an assessment. Click here to book your assessment today, at one of our three great locations.
For more info, contact Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinics in Oakville at 905-849-4576 and Burlington at 905-332-1070.