As the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) continues to grow more popular, many people are looking for suggestions for corrective exercises based on someone’s FMS results. My friend Joe Heiler, who runs the SportsRehabExpert website that I am quite fond of, has a great guest post this week on some of his favorite corrective exercises. The post below is actually an exert from one of his many great articles at SportsRehabExpert.com , but he was kind enough to let me post it here. I think this is a great example of some of the amazing content that Joe has on his site.
If you are not familiar with Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen, you can read more about it from the official website , or check out Joe’s SportsRehabExpert.com website, as it has tons of great clinical examples of how to perform, interpret, and integrate the FMS and corrective exercises into your practice.
This week I wanted to post two of my favorite ‘core’ corrective exercises from the FMS that address the active straight leg raise and rotary stability patterns. If I could ever get my online account to work for the Journal of Bodywork and Manual Therapy I want to post Lederman’s article “The Myth of Core Stability” to open up some debate. He is definitely not a proponent of voluntary pre-activation of the abdominal muscles or core stability programs in general. Long story so I want to post it, but the take home in the end for me was that the more we can be quiet and let the patient figure it out for themselves, the more natural (or reflex) the effect. Not too far off from what Gray Cook has been saying as well as the Prague School folks.
So back to the FMS corrective exercises. I want to introduce the Unsupported Active Straight Leg Raise and the Anti-Rotation Frontal Plane Leg Lowering corrective exercises. I really like these two corrective exercises for a few reasons and especially in certain situations:
What you don’t want to do is coach the patient on how to contract/brace/hollow, or where, or when, or anything else like that. Let them figure out how to move their limbs keeping a stable base.
FMS Corrective Exercises – Unsupported Active Straight Leg Raise
The below video shows the unsupported active straight leg raise corrective exercise for the active straight leg raise component of the functional movement screen.
FMS Corrective Exercise – Anti-Rotation Frontal Plane Leg Lowering
The below video demonstrates the anti-rotation frontal plane leg lowering corrective exercise for the rotary stability component of the functional movement screen.
Rotary Stability is a difficult pattern to correct so get the athlete rolling and work this correction in between sets and you’ll be surprised what a difference they make.
Thanks Joe for the great contribution. If you are not familiar with SportsRehabExpert.com , the Functional Movement Screen, or corrective exercises, you are really missing out – Joe’s website is outstanding and I am always on there learning new things.