Identifying movement patterns and preventing injuries
Athletes depend on strength, flexibility and mobility to perform at their best. A breakdown in an athlete’s movement patterns can lead to injury. Our sports physical therapy experts at Dignity Health Physical Therapy are committed to helping you identify poor movement patterns and prevent injury with a movement screen and biomechanical analysis.
Movement screen and biomechanical analysis
A movement screen identifies fundamental, functional movement patterns and their deficits, whether it’s mobility or stability. We also assess your biomechanics - gait and motion – as well as strength and flexibility. The biomechanical analysis identifies faulty movement patterns that impact your risk of injury and overall performance.
What to expect
Your physical therapist will ask you to detail your specific sport or activity to learn how your movement patterns may be impacting performance. We use cutting-edge technology to provide an industry standard screening:
- dorsaVi™ Movement Suite and ViPerform™ Athletic Movement Index™: Wearable sensors are placed on the athlete to measure motion, acceleration and muscle activity on different parts of the body.
- Quickboard: Reaction touch board technology is used to improve agility, reaction times, speed, proprioception and balance to return athletes and patients of all levels to their peak performance.
- C3 Logix Testing: This neurocognitive test assesses reaction time, memory and processing speed to help your therapist and physician determine when you have made a full recovery. In addition, this assessment is an excellent way to provide preseason baseline testing for athletes of all levels.
Using the applicable technology, our physical therapists or athletic trainers will run through a variety of exercises to objectively assess your strength, balance, running technique, knee and hamstring movement and core function. He or she will provide a detailed report and video analysis that identifies your specific movement patterns.
Based on the screening reports, your physical therapist or athletic will develop a customized exercise program detailing corrective changes specific to your needs and goals.
Our objective is to utilize sports science, clinical application and technology to decrease your risk of injury, improve performance or reduce pain and enhance recovery should an injury occur.