Step 2: Precision Assessment and Screening
What you need to know about PST Assessment & Screening:
- Assessment accurately identifies dysfunctional movement
- Identify key impairments, whether pain or compensation
- Determine if you have a mobility, stability or motor control problem
- After it is done, we can analyze info to program a specific therapeutic strategy for treatment and exercise prescription to fix the problem
- The weak link is the limiting factor in sport and life/work
- Takes the guesswork out of your body – FIND the weak link
Bottom line, too many athletes out there today, professional or a weekend warrior, play the guessing game of what is wrong or not working well (loss of efficiency), assume a few things and move on. It doesn’t have to be that complicated or difficult. But if you do not uncover WHY this is happening or keeps happening, then you will never actually get past it and therefore will limit your ability to improve performance and efficiency.
The PST assessment and screening process allows the doctor to better understand how you move, the flaws in your movement, uncover the reasons why the movement is flawed and then begins the process of fixing that movement impairment (Re-patterning: the way your body does what it does, this can be positive or negative depending on your level of compensatory patterns) so you not only move better and feel better but perform much better.
Proper movement (technique) is at the core of all sport, exercise, and life when it comes to feeling good, staying out of pain and never feeling tight and stiff again.
The goal of each assessment is to accurately identify the dysfunctional movement pattern (knee diving in when you walk, run, jump, squat etc., using your neck/trap muscles to elevate your arm overhead) and how you got there. Find out where the limitations lay, whether due to pain or compensation.
With a screen the biggest question we need to answer is this, do you have a mobility problem, a stability problem, or a motor control problem. These are distinctly different issues, that come about in completely different ways. And the worst part, is one can disguise itself as the other.
Example: You feel like your hamstrings are tight, however, after an assessment it shows your glutes are not working well (if at all in a functional sense) and your hamstrings are trying to do the work of your hips and thus feeling tight. That is a classic demonstration of a stability/motor control problem masking itself as a mobility problem. SO what happens?
You stretch and mobilize the heck out of your hamstrings without ever addressing your hips and the problem just lingers for years.
This may sound complicated, but in most cases, it is not. Once you have identified WHY this is happening, the fix is usually not to difficult. Not to say easy, challenging to be sure, but in a good way.
Lifestyle, habits, and position tendencies in life (sitting all day at work, driving for work, sedentary behavior) are more likely to cause movement problems than anything you do in your workouts.
For those athletes that chose to up their game and knowing (not guessing) WHY you plateaued or suffering chronic injuries or pain, it is time to find out WHY !