“Coaches have a habit of asssessing movement…with movement.” -Dewey Nielson
Chiropractors and physical therapists are guilty of this as well. Assessing movement with movement only gives you part of the picture.
If you only look at global movement, you may have an idea of where a limitation is.
But, until you further assess each individual joint in that movement, you are essentially guessing where the problem is. And why guess when you can assess?!
We would argue that “assessing movement with movement” is not really an assessment. Rather, it is a screen.
What is a screen? A screen identifies generalized red flags. If you screen a squat and see both of the knees cave inwards, that is a red flag. But you do not know why the knees caved inwards. Maybe it was a foot, ankle, or hip problem. Who knows?
At Movement Upgraded, we know!
Because we further assess all of the individual joints involved in the movement.
So what exactly is an assessment? An assessment identifies specific needs and is diagnostic. An assessment determines if it is a foot, ankle, hip, or even another joint’s problem.
“Assessing” movement with movement is incomplete.
We must assess each individual joint involved in the movement. We need to look at each joint’s passive range of motion, active range of motion, and even compare the two to see if there is a deficit or discrepancy from left to right.
Assessing movement is much more involved than simply watching someone move.