Personal Trainers find New and Improved methods!
In the Personal Training world, sometimes it can be difficult to assess a person and know exactly what to do next in terms of programming, dealing with injuries, and discovering the limitations in movement and strength that the client may have. The human body is complex, and it takes great skill and knowledge to understand it.
Unfortunately in some Personal Training certifications, there is not enough education to enable a Personal Trainer to have the skills to properly assess a client and know exactly what exercises are needed to reach the clients goals, safely train them without getting injured, and create a program that will support their injuries and help their bodies to get to proper functional movement.
Thankfully, a couple of great brains have put together a process called the functional movement screen! It’s not well known yet, but we at Fit for Living have been fortunate enough to have stumbled across the actual training course, and since then we’ve been training our staff to use this “functional movement test” with the intention of incorporating it into our client assessment sessions.
What does this mean for the client?
- Firstly, they will be kept in great hands!
- Less chances of injury, with trainers now possessing the means to identify injuries and the opportunity to offer referrals to other professionals if and when an injury is identified through the assessment.
- Last but not least, this assessment will ensure that clients progress quicker in their training.
So what is the Functional Movement Screen? It is a series of different exercises accompanied by a specialised kit. The assessor asks the client to complete some specific exercises, and asks for their feedback, which is given a score given from 0 to 3, to gauge the following:
- Whether there is any pain through the movement
- Lack of coordination
- Lack of strength, or
- Lack of mobility.
From the results of this test, careful attention can be given towards programming, and confident decisions can be made to refer the client to another practitioner if pain is present through any of the movements.
What a great tool Personal Trainers can have in their hands!
Yours in health,