Functional Rehabilitation

Being pain-free does not mean you are ready to play. Due to the impediment on regular movement as a result of injury, the layoff from sporting activity, the trauma of the injury and possible surgery (and scar tissue that formed as a result), final phase rehabilitation has to address the restoration of balanced movement patterns. 

 

My system of work, with its focus on whole movement patterns, integrates soft tissue regeneration and isolated exercises of initial rehab phases, with the development of a sound functional base. Developing this solid functional movement base involves ensuring that there are no more compensatory muscular activity, or left-right asymmetries occurring (which were often part of the original underlying causes of the injury).

 

For this I use the FMS to set a movement baseline at the outset of our program, with regular re-screening to gauge our progress. The data from screening guides our step-by-step progression through systematic prioritization of the fundamentals needed to encourage motor learning.

 

Once the quality and safety of whole movement patterns around the previously injured joint area has been restored, the body is able to gain movement efficiency and functional strength from higher quantities and more dynamic forms of exercise. Now that the individual needs of the athlete has been addressed, training can again be tailored to the performance needs of his or her particular sport.