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What are the tests?Stride Strong's Functional Movement Screens test Range of Motion, Strength, Stability and Balance as a whole body system.
- Deep Squat Test
- Hurdle Step
- Incline Lunge
- Shoulder Mobility
- Impingement Clearing Test
- Active Straight-Leg Raise
- Trunk Stability Pushup
- Press-up Clearing Test
- Rotary Stability
- Posterior Rocking Clearing Test
- Y-Balance Test for asymmetry
- Long jump test
- Single leg hop test
Each test has a series of criteria we are specifically looking for. (The photo above illustrates the things we are watching for.) Deficits are measured into a calculated risk of injury should the athlete return to their sport. These deficits also give us physical therapists a hint as to what is lacking - be it core strength, shoulder and torso flexibility, or hip mobility. We then in turn address these deficits by giving the athlete targeted exercises and/or physical therapy to improve their functional results.
Additional sports specific tests may be added to the Functional Movement Screen according to the athlete's sport and team position.
What if I fail some tests, what do they mean?
Scoring low on a particular test usually means a deficit of strength or range. The athlete's sport, of course, needs to be taken into account - of course demands of playing golf would be different than playing football. Both require a varying level of agility and strength, but our physical therapists can guide and judge which physical components would be vital for the athlete's sport.
The Y-balance test, in particular, has strong research to link limb asymmetries in range and strength of greater than 4cm of excursion in the test predictive of risk of injury across multiple sports. This injury risk-profile can be further fine-tuned to normalize for gender and sport.
Cost and How to Schedule
The test from start to finish is 60-90 minutes long. Cost for the testing is $100 each session. This cost can be billed to the patient's health insurance if the athlete is a Stride Strong patient.
Resources and Research Articles
- Functional Movement and Dynamic Balance testing after ACL reconstruction: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25633606/