Why am I injured?

08.05.14

Have you ever found yourself asking, “Why am I injured?”

Sometimes the answer lies in your movements. At AST we have the ability to assess ones movement to determine injury risk and help pinpoint a possible injury before it happens.

It is documented that many individuals who perform at very high levels of sport are unable to perform these simple movements… movements you started practicing when you were a baby, such as trying to roll over on to all fours, crawling on the floor, and trying to stand up for the very first time.

baby squatting

So what makes this test hard for both a world-class athlete and someone who sits at a desk all day? The answer lies in the movement patterns. As we move, we develop our own muscle memory that allows us to get from point A to point B, however, the way you move compared to the next person might be very different.

Over time, injuries happen, and treated or not, the body finds a way to adapt around it. The body will do what is easy, unless told otherwise. Over an extended period, range of motion can decrease on one side of the body causing asymmetries to form, leading to imbalances in movement. The FMS test allows us to find these imbalances and correct them before the injury happens.

The FMS is a test comprised of seven fundamental movement patterns that require a balance of mobility and stability.

Functional Movement screen testsDuring the testing process, the patient is put through a series of movements (pictured above): Overhead Squat, Hurdle Step, Inline Lunge, Shoulder Mobility, Straight Leg Raise, Trunk Stability Push-Up, and Rotary Stability. A raw score is formulated based on how the patient performs each movement, and the lower the score, the more injury prone they are.

Who is the FMS test for? The test is geared towards the individual who is feeling pretty good, or uninjured. This screening is not used to diagnose an injury; it’s used to predict how susceptible you are for a future injury. The FMS test is perfect for anyone getting over an injury or starting a new season of sport. Many college and professional teams use the FMS test to gauge how susceptible their athlete is to injury, and try to correct the problems before injuries arise.

Call the office at 512-519-8809 and we’ll get you put on the schedule to get tested!

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About the Author

Dr. Tommer Arbuckle received his doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, CA, and continued his post-graduate education to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. Dr. Arbuckle strives to maintain integrity, passion, and commitment with each patient he works with, allowing them to achieve their goals of optimal performance; he has committed himself to maintain a standard of care that utilizes the most up-to-date and effective techniques.