This instalment of “the making of the MovementScreen” will show you the versatility we wanted the screen to give to you, the exercise professional. Part 1 of this series deals with the early influences and motivators of the MovementScreen, and part 2 explains the reasoning behind the choosing of the nine movements that make it up. Now I want to take you through the layers of information you can obtain from the App once you have conducted a movement screen on a client.
We designed the MovementScreen to be useful regardless of your experience as an exercise professional; so that you can get value from it if you are a recent graduate of a short certificate course, or have years of experience and degrees behind you. Once you have conducted the movement screening component of the App you will get a number of ‘results/report‘ screens that will give you very valuable information to guide your client’s training as well as help educate them about their own body; their capacity; and the reasons why you will apply the programming you have in store.
The first ‘layer’ of information comes from the Individual Movements results report. At a very basic and foundational level, it can give you a clear idea of the movements that your client performs best, and those that he/she has the greatest degree of difficulty with. Depending on your level of experience, you could simply avoid those troublesome movements, until you can get some further guidance, increased confidence, or your client’s capacity starts to improve. If you are more experienced and confident, those troublesome movements should be the ones that you may chose to target initially, to improve your client’s area of greatest risk!
This report also provides you with an absolute movement score for each movement assessed, and an average score for all movements assessed. You may chose to simply track these scores over time.
The next ‘layer’ of information comes from the Injury Risk and Injury-Hotspots screen. This screen gives you some incredibly valuable information about the level of risk of a musculo-skeletal injury that your client is in, particularly if you continue to train him/her at increasing levels of load and intensity, without addressing his/her specific needs. Importantly, the joints at greatest risk will be highlighted to you, making you more aware of not just what movements that are likely to create more risk, but to which joints. In the right hands, this level of information can powerfully help guide your training to keep your client safe and moving towards better function!
The third ‘layer’ comes from the Corrective Strategies screen which goes one step further by helping to guide your corrective strategies. For example, the results can guide what joint complexes may need more stability training, or which may need more mobility work. The printable report will go further still by suggesting exercises that you may want to apply to achieve these outcomes!
No longer is screening just a question of knowing there’s apparent risk. Now you can be guided as much as you feel you need and want, to ensure you provide a highly professional, safe, educational and effective service!