The battery of movements in the program has been selected to address the following key concepts:
That common movements and movement patterns performed in exercise settings are represented, such as pushing, pulling, squatting, lunging, bending, twisting, and stepping.
That movement capacities such as stability, mobility, symmetry, balance and strength are represented across the main movement patterns.
That all large joint complexes can be analysed for all movement capacities.
The movements are scored in two ways:
A set of objective ‘questions’ are provided for each movement that describe the competencies that are commonly accepted for exercise instruction and performance. These questions require a basic ‘yes/no’ answer based on whether the competency was achieved or not.
Additionally, each overall movement must be subjectively scored for overall quality and control.
Squat – to test overall lower body strength and mobility
Lunge – purpose is to look at dynamic load absorption (deceleration) through lower body
Deadlift w bent over row – to observe capacity to ‘bend’ (hinge) at the hips while maintaining a neutral spine.
SL Squat– to test ipsilateral lower body and stability, mobility and strength.
Overhead shoulder abduction – to test shoulder girdle mobility (and thoracic extension)
Tx rotation – Observes trunk mobility, with particular focus on thoracic rotation
4Pt opposite arm leg lift – included to analyse rotational control of the trunk and shoulder girdle; and shoulder girdle stability.
Push up – observes shoulder strength and function; and trunk stability
Active straight leg raise – included to observe hip mobility and pelvic stability
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