Functional Movement Screen Book by Mountain River Physical Therapy Therapist Celebrates One-year Anniversary

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Friday, July 15, 2011, marked the one-year anniversary of the publishing of “Movement: Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies” by Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS, RKC, physical therapist at Mountain River Physical Therapy (MRPT) in Chatham, Virginia.

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Functional Movement Screens can be “confidently used to assess the movement patterns of athletes and to make decisions related to interventions for performance enhancement…and assist in identifying athletes at risk for injury.”

Friday, July 15, 2011, marked the one-year anniversary of the publishing of “Movement: Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies” by Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS, RKC, physical therapist at Mountain River Physical Therapy (MRPT) in Chatham, Virginia.

“Movement” helps the reader understand human movement, and how the brain and body create and learn movement patterns. Cook explains that pain and dysfunction result from incomplete approaches to exercise and sedentary lifestyles. Encompassing rehabilitation, conditioning, and fitness, the book highlights Functional Movement Screens (FMS).

An FMS is a test to determine “how well you move” and is used to find weaknesses before they affect sports performance or turn into injuries. The screen identifies limitations that can hinder proper function and decrease strength. Research in the February 2010 Journal of Strength and Conditioning found that Functional Movement Screens can be “confidently used to assess the movement patterns of athletes and to make decisions related to interventions for performance enhancement…and assist in identifying athletes at risk for injury.”

Cook and colleague, Lee Burton, developed the Functional Movement Screen to combat injuries among high school football players. Many times, athletes have a hidden weakness, such as one side of the body overcompensating for the other. Functional Movement Screens and corrective physical therapy exercises help reset the body to correct these hidden weaknesses. This makes workouts more efficient and effective.

MRPT physical therapists provide functional movement screens for their patients so that they can improve fundamental movement patterns, eliminate asymmetries, and set a solid foundation upon which they can improve their performance.

Functional Movement Screens are not just for top-athletes. Patients of all ages and skill levels will benefit by gaining strength and balance enhancing their return to work, play, or daily activity. Using the Functional Movement Screen, MRPT helps patients identify where they need help, and also educates them on how to make these areas better.

For more information about how physical therapy and Functional Movement Screens at MRPT, visit MountainRiverPT.com or call 304-865-6778.

About Mountain River Physical Therapy:
Mountain River Physical Therapy (MRPT) is a private physical therapy practice with locations throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley in West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Known for utilizing the newest research to deliver the best results as quickly as possible, MRPT physical therapists pride themselves in being spine and sport experts. Their board certified therapists deliver hands-on physical therapy to achieve the best results for patients with bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and work injuries. Along the way, the MRPT family has fun and makes friends with their patients (and their pets, their kids, their in-laws, and neighbors….). For more information visit MountainRiverPT.com or find MRPT on Facebook.

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