Mike Kohm PT has taken level 1 and level 2 in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment System from the originators, Gray Cook PT the author of “Movement” (click here) and Kyle Keisel PT,PhD (click here).
The SFMA screen can be used to assess and athlete’s or patient’s movement patterns, imbalances and asymmetries with a 7 basic movement assessment. The assessment quickly brings to the surface a persons movement and core issues.
Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints are all common running injuries. A common movement pattern that is seen in the screen is an inability to perform a tandem half kneel. Essentially in a half kneeling position with the front heel and the back knee aligned, a person with poor stability will have difficulty stabilizing this position.
The assessment shows us that the core and the hips are not stable or strong enough to hold the position. This predisposes the lower leg to have to overwork to stabilize the body and hence the lower leg issues begin to occur.