Why is movement assessment important?
If you’re an athlete, one of your top priorities is how you are performing in your sport. Performance is often measured by the outcome of the game or your statistics during competition (i.e. goals, assists, steals, passes, saves, etc). However, there’s more to performance than just numbers. To perform well, you must move well.
So, what does that mean? Essentially, you must efficiently be able to get into and out of the required positions for your sport. And it’s not enough to be able to do this once….you must be able to get in and out of these positions repeatedly, at high speeds, under high loads, and under metabolic stress. A performance assessment gives you a snapshot of your current movement patterns, your body’s adaptability to your sports demands, and your physical capacity.
For example, if you cannot properly perform a single leg hop test, then this may indicate difficulty with static and dynamic control, producing power output, range of motion, or strength. A performance assessment looks at each contributing factor to outline where you can benefit from additional training. Look at this from a big picture: if you can’t hop on one leg well then running, jumping, and cutting may be more difficult than it needs to be. Consequently, this may lead to performance impairments such as a slower time on a 100m sprint.
Movement assessments identify your weakest link and help to develop a program to optimize your performance while decreasing risk for injury. Undergoing a performance assessment, at the very least, provides a movement baseline that can be used to compare change as you develop. More importantly, knowing which components of your movement vitals to target (i.e. flexibility, strength, speed, endurance) makes your training more specific and ensures that your training focus is on maximizing your performance every day.