While the making of this amazing MovementScreen is undoubtedly my most exciting professional endeavour, I don’t think we have necessarily invented any new concepts in its development. Rather, I am thankful to the many who have influenced me and my team and developed our professional ideas. What we have done in this process is to distill those ideas, into a product that is accessible and useful to exercise professionals across settings and experience levels.
Other than some incredibly bright mentors (some easily accessible, and some I am yet to meet, but follow closely) one of the things that has played a huge role in developing my ideas and approach to movement assessment and corrective exercise has been my Scope of Practice, firstly as an exercise scientist and then as an exercise physiologist. As such, we weren’t trained, or allowed, to diagnose. Therefore specific, localised injuries were something that I needed to tackle from an exercise perspective. Early on we developed a founding belief that, other than injuries which arise from a single, external event, such as contact against another body, or a twisted ankle, etc, injuries typically develop progressively due to inefficiencies in the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. This meant that when faced with a client in pain, we had to play an investigative screening and assessment role to identify the early sources of disfunction and its adaptive journey. This turned me into a student and lover of movement, and into a strong proponent of exercise with a purpose; exercise with a logical process of evolution; exercise that equipped my clients to live a better life; to perform their activities of daily living to the best of their potential, be they basic in nature, or at elite athletic standards.
Spending many hours presenting to, educating and interacting with other exercise professionals helped me realise that we needed a tool to help us establish a baseline of movement capacity. A tool that would enable an objective assessment of a client’s ‘starting point’ so that we could plan a well thought-out exercise plan that is specific to them. A tool that would help us determine the most effective approach to training a client, and whether they would need the intervention of any other health professional as well, to maximise their chance of success.
The above, among many other reasons, which I look forward to sharing with you soon, have contributed to what I trust will be a valuable tool for you, my colleague.