The Equipment Guys

Denison University Movement Assessment


By Mark Watts
Director of Strength & Conditioning Denison University

Here at Denison, we use a movement assessment to evaluate athletes for any sport. We have abbreviated and adapted some of Cook and Burton’s Functional Movement Screen to fit our logistical needs and time constraints. We will perform movement assessments preceding our scheduled workouts at the beginning of a cycle for all first year athletes. Our movement assessments are done in conjunction with our teaching progressions and emphasis lifts during workouts. We will perform additional functional movement screens upon the identification of a postural discrepancy.

The following tests can be implemented if a problem is identified during an exercise or drill. We will use these tests to further categories weak and/ or tight areas to be addressed during workout commitments. Some of the individual categories of commitment assignments can be based on prior injury, postural alignment, specific sport and / or position group. Postural alignment categories are separated into anterior pelvic tilt, posterior pelvic tilt, and thoracic spine mobility.

Athletes will be assigned commitments to address these issues. The commitments will be completed at the end of a workout in addition to any pre-habilitation exercises done in the beginning or the workout.

These commitments include but are not limited to:

Postural AlignmentThoracic Spine Mobility
– (Upper Crossed Syndrome)Anterior Pelvic Tilt (APT)

Posterior Pelvic Tilt (PPT)

Joint Mobility
Wrist MobilityThoracic Spine MobilityHip Mobility

Ankle Mobility

Joint Stability
Neck
Shoulder (Gleno Humeral)
Elbow
Torso (Core Stability)
Knee (ACL Pre-Hab)
Foot (Pronaton)

 

We will do our best to individualize workouts to address personal weak points and problem areas without jeopardizing team unity and causing logistical hindrances.

Force CouplingAnterior Pelvic Tilt

Posterior Pelvic Tilt

Upper Crossed Syndrome

Weak Muscle Groups
Glutes
Hamstrings
Abs
Hip Flexors
Quads
Spinal Erectors
Tight Muscles
Posterior Deltoid
Rhomboid
Traps
Tight Muscle GroupsHip Flexors
Quads
Spinal Erectors
Glutes
Hamstrings
Abs
Pectorals
Latissimus Dorsi
Anterior Deltoid
Identification
“PUTS”
Overhead Squat
Thomas Test
Hruska Test
“Tail Tuck”
Overhead Squat
Popliteal
SLR
Caveman”
Overhead Squat
Wall Slide