Uncovering mobility problems that can lead to athletic injury
Being a physical therapist I can’t help but to see movement as a skill. Our bodies gain motor programs as we develop and grow older, much like installing new software on a computer. The more things we ask our bodies to do, the bigger library of movement we can access and the more refined they become. We get so good at them that they become automatic and turn into background processes. Where we can begin to run into problems is when our structural limits no longer allow us to express our full programing safely. Today’s case-in-point is a 25-year-old guy that completed a BODYQ during his aggressive CrossFit training for competition.
Kevin walked into a local FYZICAL® to undergo a BODYQ. Kevin is serious about staying healthy and fit. That was part of the appeal of joining a CrossFit gym because at the time, Crossfit was growing in popularity for taking its participants to new levels of fitness they’d never achieved prior. Kevin heard about the BODYQ through a friend that was involved with FYZICAL® and thought it would be a good idea to get screened before taking on this new activity. One major highlight that the BODYQ found during testing was deficiencies in Kevin shoulder strength and range of motion. Specifically, Kevin was lacking in the stabilizing group called the “rotator cuff”. This allows him the ability to perform upper extremity movements under load without over-stressing other joints and tissues. Kevin decided to forego any therapy or training to improve these deficiencies after completion of his BODYQ examination.
About six months later Kevin was back in the office, this time for formal treatment after sustaining a shoulder injury. Kevin began experiencing impingement syndrome with his training and was having difficulty with overhead movements. The good news is that Kevin sought intervention before the problem became a significant tear and would require surgery. He began a formal therapy program to improve his shoulder stability. The rotator cuff primarily works to control and move the humeral head of the arm in the socket of the shoulder blade. As with any joint, many moving parts must align and connect in order to perform their function. If any one of these is working correctly, pain and injury will occur quickly. The BODYQ system makes all these subtle and often completely invisible deficiencies, visible.
When considering any sort of fitness regimen, it is important to understand if your body has the capacity to express all the movements required. The creators of the Functional movement screening have coined a great principle, “First move well, then move often” and we believe that the BODYQ is the industry’s most comprehensive wellness assessment. You may not know that you have an underlying movement deficiency but let us help make those invisible problems visible.