Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Have you had a Functional Assessment lately?

As you enter the off-season of XC racing and start thinking of training plans to prepare for 2014, consider having a functional assessment performed.  Whether you’re a mountain biker, road cyclist, triathlete, runner, or just a recreational enthusiast there is always room for improvement and an injury prevention plan is needed.  
Since joining the TotalCyclist team, I have had the honor of meeting and working with Mark Kane, MS, PT, CSCS, OMT.  Mark is the owner of Kane Training.  He has been practicing physical therapy for over 15 years.  Mark Kane is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified Specialist that develops injury prevention and performance enhancement programs.
 The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is based on years of sound science, innovation, and current research by Gray Cook and Lee Burton.  They wanted to develop a tool that would improve communication and collaboration between physical therapy, strength and conditioning and athletic training.  The FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function.  If you can screen these patterns, then you can identify functional limitations and asymmetries.  Having these issues can reduce the effects of functional training, performance, physical conditioning and distort body awareness. 

Mark Kane generates your personal Functional Movement Screen Score after evaluating various stretches and exercises.  The score is used to target problems and track progress.  After review, he uses the score to create a plan that includes the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.  You know what that means?  Strength and performance!
Fall is the perfect time to have a Functional Assessment! It is easy to incorporate the corrective exercises into your off-season training plan.  I just had my Assessment a few weeks ago and I am super excited to get to work and strengthen my “weak” links.  Check out Kane training at http://www.kanetraining.com/ 
Appointments with Mark Kane for a Functional Assessment Screen can be made by emailing him at mark@kanetraining.com
Mention TotalCyclist MTB team for a special discount!

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