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Improve Performance and Prevent Injury with a Functional Movement Assessment

Training for a marathon is a journey, and preparation is key. UPMC Sports Medicine can help you safely cross the finish line by doing a Functional Movement Assessment (FMA). The goal of the FMA is to identify performance issues and prevent injury. We then use this information to design a safe, scientifically based strength and conditioning program to fit each individual’s needs.

What is the FMA?

 

The FMA uncovers muscle imbalances that may hinder your ability to reach an optimum level of performance or lead to injury. We use the term “functional” because we evaluate movement patterns specific to each sport, not muscle groups.

Also known as chain reaction biomechanics, the assessment involves:

 
  • Gravity
  • Ground reaction forces
  • Mass and momentum
  • Three planes of motion
 

The FMA is a Three-step Process

 
  1. Posture assessment
    Efficient movement patterns for running must begin with optimal posture. Poor posture can lead to overuse injuries.
  2. Walking and running gait analysis
    After watching how you run, our sports medicine experts will evaluate different movement patterns that will uncover dynamic imbalances. Based on your movements, these imbalances will show up as short, tight muscles and long, weak muscles.
  3. Clinical evaluation
    The clinical evaluation measures flexibility, strength, and balance. Depending on your sport, we may also take body fat measurements or use VO2 (endurance) and other performance tests.

Your Corrective Exercise Program

After you complete the FMA testing, the next step is a corrective exercise program. This program will address your chain reaction biomechanics imbalances.Think of this as adjusting a car’s front-end alignment. Improper alignment can result in avoidable overuse injuries.The FMA can help you be safer and become a better athlete by identifying issues and helping to prevent injuries.

To schedule a Functional Movement Assessment at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, call 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).

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