Is it possible to have too much flexibility?
Often has health and fitness professionals we encounter people with pain, stiffness, and tightness.
One of the go-to techniques is to give our patients or clients stretching or mobility exercises to address this, but what about those clients that have too much flexibility.
Flexibility like everything we work with needs to be in the goldilocks zone...just right.
Too little flexibility can result in difficulty expressing movement effectively. Too much flexibility can result in an individual who might not have the strength and control to look after this range of motion effectively.
That's why at Movement Assessment Technologies we use the latest evidence-based testing on The MAT to measure our patients and clients in how they move so that we know exactly whether they need more flexibility, more strength, more balance etc to be able to feel better, move better or perform better.
Make sure you're not guessing with the people you work with....
Here we have an ACL reconstruction rehabilitation case performing anterior hop testing for the first time approximately 12 weeks post-surgery.
As we can see massive discrepancies from side to side which is particularly amplified following a running fatigue protocol to make these test findings more authentic.
Single leg anterior hop testing has been shown across many studies to be a useful test in assessing injury risk in return to sports cases posts knee surgery with many pieces of literature concluding a measurement within 10% of the unaffected side being normal.
Stop guessing and start measuring with your return to sports patients using the MAT. Go to www.matassessment.com to upgrade your practice with the MAT today.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands - 21/22 September hosted by Incitus
Innsbruck, Austria - 5/6 October hosted by Physio Meets Science
Sydney 9/10 November
Melbourne 16/17 November
Want to know a simple trick to get down to the root cause of every patient and clients complaint?
5 Whys is an interrogative technique used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem. The primary goal of the technique is to determine the root cause of a problem by repeating the question "Why?". Each answer forms the basis of the next question.
When used with our patients and clients it moves us away from the symptoms and toward the physical and behavioral issues that we need to address to help individuals achieve their goals.
The Star Excursion Balance Test has been one of our favourite tests at Movement Assessment Technologies for a long time. It's a major reason why we developed The MAT in the first place to make the use of this test easy and accessible to professionals around the world.
Other variations of reaching tests are found in the literature to assess trunk and upper limb function. These include the Star Excursion Sitting Test as described by López-Plaza et al 2018 in their research using this test to assess trunk and postural control while sitting.
The SEST is a reliable field protocol to measure postural control. It provides trunk postural control measures with reduced influence of the lower-limbs which may be useful when wanting to isolate the trunk or working with individuals with lower limb pain or injury.
Are you using the latest evidence-based testing with your patients and clients? Do you set baselines, track their...
- ACL injuries do not always require immediate surgery. It is a major decision with many pros and cons.
- Surgery is not the only factor that needs to be considered, as the rehabilitation after surgery lasts a number of months and may take up to a year or longer to make a full recovery.
- Often the initial period post ACL reconstruction is one of the most important times for our patients and clients.
- One of the biggest problems is that often ACL rehabilitation can be too conservative, too long in protective braces, not enough flexibility and strength work, overprotective management plans.
- It is important to have objective testing criteria to measure the ACL reconstruction rehab journey from start to finish to make sure that your clients are working the right exercises, at the right intensity, at the right time to guarantee the best possible outcomes.
- At MAT, we teach the latest evidence-based tests that are essential for managing good ACL outcomes (weight bearing lunge test, start...
- Often success for health and fitness practitioners particularly for Physio’s is about knowing your numbers and having great communication skills.
- “Communication isn’t what is said, it’s what’s heard.”
- Great communication skills help us educate our patients.
- Your body language, eye contact, hand gestures, and tone of voice all colour the message you are trying to convey to your patients.
- We use the MAT often as part of this process. It’s something that allows us to measure a before and after effect and convey the right message.
- There’s also a big emphasis on the “WHY?”. Trying to find the purpose and meaning of what we do as health and fitness professionals. It’s an important thing to remember in everything that we do.
- Utilize objective testing procedures like the things we do at the MAT in order to help clients/patients.
- Numbers help us develop confidence in presenting a plan.
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