So researchers at Clinimex-Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro put a number of senior citizens through a very simple movement screen that assessed their ability to sit down and stand up with as little assistance as possible. They found that their simple screen was "remarkably predictive of physical strength, flexibility and co-ordination" and that a lower score was strongly linked to an increased risk of dying early. I think this underscores the importance of looking at strength and mobility not as a component of exercise but essential to fundamental human movement and health. I thought it would be interesting to have a series of discussions about the different movement screens, what they tell us, how we can improve an individuals score, and how much knowledge we can get out of KPj until science learns how to miniaturize him and implant him in our brains.
ha, this is flattering but, honestly i'm still very much a student in the movement thing. My favourite source for this is probably Charlie Weingroff. His "Training = Rehab" seminar is just phenomenal, too, although knowledge of the FMS prior to viewing it is recommended rather than picking this up to learn about it.
Worth saying that, although "one day I will", i've not done any FMS certification. I'm so far self taught. Also, I, like many others, were coming to the same conclusion before really knowing about the FMS stuff. The FMS people just summarised what I think I was already starting to think, organised it much better and took it - and continue to take it - to a whole new level. For example I know the first time Mike Boyle screened his athletes they all had high scores, before ever implementing any FMS techniques. Although, really he was, and I think most trainers who are successful at making people perform better probably are, too, they just don't realise it, and maybe they don't ever have to.
It's just a screen to see how road worthy you are and, if you're not road worthy, what direction you need to go in to become road worthy and, more importantly, what you shouldn't be doing due to the "faults" we've found and what you should be doing.
You can see the same philosophy in almost everything. For example, take boxing - if someone looks messy shadow boxing, how will they look on the pads? What if you put them in a sparring session? What do almost all, if not all boxing coaches preach constantly? Shadow boxing!
Or Olympic lifting. New lifters are commonly subjected to loads of squat drills, and drills to train the "rack position" (clean grip), and things like dislocations to groove the upper body mobility required to throw hold and catch things over head. These are just screens, and coaches use them because they know without this, a new lifter will either not perform very well or just get hurt. More so, a new lifter who can nail an OH squat, comfortably get into the racked position, and easily perform dislocations, will be much easier to coach.
I remember doing Karate when I was younger and I really hated and never understood "katas". There's various reasons these are done but, if you think about it, you are asked to move through the ranges of motion that you strike and move through, only slower and more controlled. If you can't do this, how are you ever going to move through these motions with optimal power and accuracy?
Anyway, i'm rambling.