Monday, November 27, 2017

Injury prevention with Meghan Taff
SFMA and FMS – Prevent Injuries BEFORE they end your season.
This week we introduce you to Meghan Taff’s second certification, and one that Revolutions and Fitness are incredibly passionate about – SFMA and FMS testing.

What is FMS?
The Functional Movement Screening (FMS) captures fundamental movements, motor control within movement patterns, and competence of basic movements uncomplicated by specific skills. It will determine the greatest areas of movement deficiency, demonstrate limitations or asymmetries, and eventually correlate these with an outcome.
FMS is comprised of seven movement tests that require a balance of mobility and stability. The patterns used provide observable performance of basic, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing clients in positions where weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries and limitations become noticeable by the team at Revolutions in Fitness.

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Meghan and Jamie Wong of Revolutions in Fitness recently hosted a sports Movement Analysis for the girls basketball team at Palo Alto High School. This screening consisted of two main disciplines in helping to identify flexibility, strength, and coordination issues for the purpose of injury prevention and improving athleticism and performance.
The Functional Movement Screening (FMS), which utilizes the Y Balance test, quarters up the body into the left, right, upper, and lower quadrants to test how your core and each limb functions under the weight of the body. The Y Balance Test is used to test motor control and demonstrate functional symmetry. This test then builds a map that identifies areas that may act as road blocks to a persons performance both in athletics and rehabilitation.  Read about it in our blog HERE

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What is SFMA?
The selective functional movement assessment (SFMA) is a simple test developed by Grey Cook, PT, that offers a unique perspective for corrective exercise in a clinical setting. SFMA involves a clinical assessment of your movement patterns to help diagnosis any painful movement problems you may be experiencing.  There are seven full body movements in total and they are used to assess everyday movements such as sitting, bending and squatting. When your movement patterns are assessed in this way, it becomes possible to diagnose and treat the musculoskeletal pain.  
The clinical examination of the movements can be used to identify any physical impairment that although unrelated to their pain, may have a contribution to any discomfort.

For more research on FMS check out the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy Research Article HERE

If interested in knowing if you or your young athletes are at risk or would like to improve their performance, contact Revolutions in Fitness at: or call (650) 260 4743