Movement, taken in a broad sense, is displacement, mobility and gesture.
We must make sure that our movements are correct, that is to say that it respects the amplitude and the positions determined by our anatomy. The coach’s eye usually can identify gaps. We still prefer to use a basic international protocol for a clear and shareable base between professionals: the functional movement screen, aka FMS.
It is described by its creators as follow:
“FMS is the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.
These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic loco motor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized.”
It may seem complicated, but is actually much simpler than it seems. The FMS allows, through the observation of 7 movement patterns, to identify gaps or asymmetries. We do not wish to load a dysfunction. The FMS, performed during the first session, ensures the ability of an individual to practice exercise, the possible need for correction and, if necessary, the need to call a medical professional.
If a minimum level is achieved at the FMS, it is time to tackle the specifics of each.
Flexible steel is a system that not only seeks to develop flexibility, but also to perfect balance and mobility. As a flexible steel level 2 instructor, trained by Jon Engum himself, we develop with our students the program most suited to their needs.