Good morning Ron, I had a question for you regarding performance indicators, evaluating movement, and sizing up a kid. In your experience, what would have you used for testing? How often, how much involvement did you have when it came to evaluating deficiencies, or asymmetries or was that more up to sports med? Recently there has been some criticism about the FMS given the high rate and consistency of injuries at the NFL level. What have you used that has worked, not worked, and what would you do differently? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks Happy Holiday’s! Aaron
I have used the NFL combine numbers plus 1RM Bench and Squat. We test everything when they first arrive and then again after the Winter Program. After the summer program we would test everything except 40 and Pro Agility but would include a conditioning test (110s or 300yd shuttle). If you sat back and said is this the best way to test I don’t know if I would agree with it, but it is the test that players at the Div 1 are held accountable to to move to the next level. I think the 10yd dash and the VJ have been the two biggest indicators of NFL success.
In my experience I have always yielded to the Sports Medicine Staff when it comes to evaluation in a clinical setting. We have used both the FMS and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment to evaluate our athletes. I have always felt it is my role as a practitioner to take the information given and practically apply it in a training session. That is why we train in both a multiple joint and single joint fashion. In our single joint movements we train with independent movement arms which aids in identifying asymmetries. By actually conducting the workout, and not turning it over to the athletes to do themselves, we are able to track and observe muscular imbalances. I do believe it is very misguided to point at the FMS and place any blame to the number of injuries that exist in the NFL. Lets not forget this a very violent game. Injuries will happen. The FMS is a great tool to help identify muscular imbalances and deficiencies. The art then is in the practitioner on how they will use that information to provide corrective exercise strategies and balance strength training programs. Therefore every training session is both performance enhancing and injury preventing.
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