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Monday, May 6, 2013
Strengthening Your Weak Link!
Kinesiology is the study of movement. It is what physical therapists are experts at. In kinesiology,
a leg or an arm is often referred to as a "chain." The reason being is
that a leg or an arm is comprised of parts with links, those links being
joints. Muscles originate on a bone, cross a joint and anchor on
another bone so it can stabilize and move a joint. So when we hear the
expression, "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link," we could
easily apply that idea to a human chain. That's a very important concept
especially if you are an athlete.
Aside from being a Physical Therapist, I have been an avid
martial artist for a good 20 years. In that time I have suffered a nice
bouquet of injuries; everything from a broken bone, to torn muscles in
my mid back. After a four year hiatus, I recently joined a new martial arts
school. I wanted to see how well prepared I was physically to go back
into this very demanding activity so I had myself evaluated by Renuka Pinto
(the supervising PT here at D and B) using the Functional Movement System (FMS). The FMS system, is a movement screen that is often used to
assess an athletes' quality of movement by studying each kinetic chain.
It can also be used on a non-athlete to evaluate how well they are
functioning in their body in terms of movement. The individual scores
are added together to create an overall final score. The FMS helps to
identify not only the athletes limitations or weakness but also the
compensations that cover up those weaknesses. The test takes about 20-30
minutes. It is broken up into subsections that look at very specific
movement patterns. What's great about the FMS, is that not only does it
identify these weaknesses, with each section, it will also give specific
exercises to help improve the areas the athlete is weak in making it a
very clear systematic approach.
By the end of the test, I had a good idea of where my weak links were. Renuka
and her student (Karen), gave me exercises to improve my weakness and enlightened me on my compensations. So not only will the FMS help refine
whatever game you compete in, but more importantly, will help identify
what injuries you are predisposed to. Whether you are a golfer that
wants to improve that vital finite control in your swing, or you are an Ironman
competitor that is looking to improve your endurance, the FMS will help
you improve your practice and prevent injury so you can keep doing the
game you love to do... So for all of you athletes out there that are
preparing for an event or want to maximize your chances of preventing
injuries I would highly recommend the FMS here at Duffy and Bracken. It
is one of the many programs we offer to try to maximize how we can help
you. If you are interested, ask anyone of us and we'd be happy to answer