A systematic approach to movement screening: case report of a weightlifter

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Louis Howe with Paul Read and Emily Cushion

The ability to dissipate force across multiple joint segments, as well as through large contact surface areas within a joint, minimises stress imposed on a specific tissue. Such movement efficiency is accomplished through the sequencing of numerous subsystems within the body. In instances where poor movement patterns exist, additional strength development may be problematic as higher forces are unlikely to be tolerated effectively. Poor alignment during basic movement patterns also places joints in a poor mechanical position, dampening the force output. Optimal neuromuscular efficiency requires the integration of all systems within the human body. In assessing movement, it is therefore crucial to determine the underlying causes of dysfunction so that appropriate correction strategies can be applied. The aim of this article is to describe a systematic process used to screen an athlete with a predetermined movement deficiency which was limiting his sporting performance.

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