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:
– (Upper Crossed Syndrome)Anterior Pelvic Tilt (APT)
Posterior Pelvic Tilt (PPT)
Wrist MobilityThoracic Spine MobilityHip Mobility
Shoulder (Gleno Humeral)
Torso (Core Stability)
Knee (ACL Pre-Hab)
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