Say It's Fast Three Times! - The Closed Kinetic Chain Upper Extremity Test - More Than Just a Tongue Twister

assessment Feb 14, 2018

The Closed Kinetic Chain Upper Extremity Test (CKCUET) is a simple, easy-to-implement, and easy method to measures your patient or clients strength, power, endurance and closed chain kinetic chain stability of the upper extremities. It can be used in the assessment of risk of injury to the shoulder and the upper extremity. 

It involves the patient adopting a push-up position and alternately tapping a pre-determined distance lateral to the stabilising hand as many times as possible within 15 seconds (Dong-Rour, & Laurentius, 2015).  

Research has shown that the CKCUET is particularly useful in the following:

  • Assessment of baseball players’ readiness for return to play following shoulder injury (Roush, Kitamura, & Waits, 2007)

  • Examination of the effects of shoulder impingement syndrome in athletes and the general population (Tucci, Martins, Sposito, Camarini, and de Oliveira, 2014)

  • Prediction of handgrip strength, which is important in the...

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Why You Need To Use The Limb Symmetry Index

assessment Feb 14, 2018

The Limb Symmetry Index (LSI)  is an excellent guide to objectively determine discrepancies in your patient’s upper and/or lower limb strength, function, and mobility.

The LSI is calculated by taking the average of any test scores for the affected limb, divided by the unaffected limb, multiplied by 100 to obtain a percentage difference between limbs.

Clinically, it is an easy-to-use, quick measure that can provide valuable data for baseline and progression purposes. It has been shown to be of significant importance in deciding when an athlete is ready to return to sport after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, with percentage values for knee extension and flexion strength equal to or above 90% considered to be satisfactory (Abrams et al., 2014).

Recent studies have also shown that:

  • At 1 year post-ACL injury, those with normal knee function had LSI values greater than 90% for the single-leg, cross-over, and triple hop tests - the LSI hop testing battery...
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assessment Feb 14, 2018

Unlock your athlete’s potential by assessing their ankle!

If you are trapped into only assessing that knee or hip that your patient is complaining about then we want to give you 3 reasons why you should be getting those shoes off and perform the weight-bearing lunge test (wblt).

The knee that continues to niggle and aggravate your patient may not be a knee problem at all and may be contributed to by a lack of ankle ROM. Addressing these deficits in ROM may help increase motion in more proximal joints and allow for your athlete to absorb and dissipate those large forces in order to help potentially decrease their risk of injury.

3 FOR 1: What can the WBLT tell me???

1 - Potential for altered knee and ankle kinematics with squatting 

  • One study wanted to compare non-weight bearing (NWB) dorsiflexion to the weight-bearing lunge test and their effects on an overhead squat, single leg squat, and jump landing tasks.  
    • They found that the individuals with a greater...

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Why you should be using the WBLT with your patients and clients!

assessment Feb 14, 2018

The Weight-Bearing Lunge Test (WBLT) is a quick and convenient test used to “determine dorsiflexion ROM” (Hall. E and Docherty. C, 2017) in a weight-bearing position (closed Kinetic chain). The amount of lower limb dorsiflexion is a common point interest for lower limb pathologies as this is one of the first areas of the body to interact with the ground and ground reaction force during activity.

The WBLT has been used to help potentially identify risk lower extremity injuries, which may include the risk of; ACL rupture, Ankle instability (chronic and acute) as well injuries associated with poor landing mechanics (Hall et al 2017).
- Persons with chronic ankle instability CIA) have demonstrated less dorsiflexion ROM during gait and less knee flexion during landing than persons without CIA. (Hall et al 2017).
- Persons with less dorsiflexion ROM demonstrated a less flexed landing strategy that was less efficient at attenuating GRF. (Hall et al 2017).
- A lower degree of...

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How to perform the SEBT (Star Excursion Balance Test).

assessment Feb 14, 2018

The SEBT is a multiplane dynamic test that is designed to assess the ability of the patient or client to control their strength, mobility and balance on a single leg. The SEBT has been used to assess lower limb injury risk factors from chronic ankle instability to ACL injuries. “The SEBT has been shown to be a reliable measure and has validity as a dynamic test to predict the risk of lower extremity injury, to identify dynamic balance deficits in patients with a variety of lower extremity conditions” (Gribble, P, Hertel, J, Plisky, P 2012).

The SEBT is a valuable objective test used in a clinical setting to:
- Set baseline movement data and track progression over time for treatment or training plans.
- May help determine an individuals risk of injury in return to sport, activity or in pre-screening.

The importance of the SEBT in identifying risk factors for individuals has been highlighted by research papers namely Gribble et al (2012). as well as Plisky, Rauh, Kaminski...

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One of the MOST IMPORTANT questions to ask your patients

Uncategorized Nov 28, 2017

MAT strategies to out-perform your patient’s expectations!

The clinical interview is one of the most important processes to get right with your patients. It opens the door for you to build rapport with your patient and the all-important first impression to provide them with confidence that you are the person to help them (and hopefully empower them).

It has been commonly found that the interpersonal aspects of physiotherapy and healthcare are some of the most important determinants of patient outcomes and their evaluation of the QUALITY of care. (Hush, 2011)

Set your self up for success in the clinic and consider these strategies with your patients in your next interview/examination!

What is the number one question you need to start asking right now?

It is of course, what are your short-term and long-term goals and why are these important to you now?

It's important to have a collaborative discussion of these goals and formalize realistic...

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Welcome to MAT - the artists formerly known as the Functional Movement Group

blog Nov 15, 2017

Welcome to the first blog on our BRAND NEW website.

After a huge 2017 and a 3 year journey as the Functional Movement Group, we have decided to re-brand and change our name to MAT (Movement Assessment Technologies).

This has been a HUGE decision for us, but one we feel best represents what we do, which is education and innovation. It's also how everyone already recognises us, as the objective assessment 'guys with the MAT.' 

We are proud to say that we have 3500+ therapists and trainers in 30+ countries around the world, who are collecting meaningful, actionable data with our MAT (movement assessment tool). You've all been asking for things from us and WE'VE LISTENED!

On top of our NEW NAME, NEW LOGO AND NEW WEBSITE, we also have some other exciting things for you over the next 6 months.

These things include:

After over 20 SOLD OUT courses in 2017 in 16 different...

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