The Performance Matrix

Mapping Movement Health

18th June 2014

Any movement professional will have spent many hours in their development pawing over a host of books and academic literature. Invariably, amongst these texts are those graphical depictions of the body; ‘Atlas of Skeletal Muscles’. Current thinking suggests the body keeps its own equivalent of anatomy guides stored within the CNS.

In good movement health this ‘virtual body map’ accurately charts the physical reality- synergists and antagonists play their roles efficiently. Through training, through injury or through movement habits the reality and the map can delineate. The GPS-like quality/accuracy begins to be smudged. Certain muscles (multi-joint movers) are over-represented, others (single joint, rotation biased) reduced to mere footnotes.

Movement screening reveals these discrepancies. When the map is full of errors correctly navigating the challenges of movement control testing becomes tough.  The map must be corrected.

Movement retraining, informed by a screening report must be bespoke to the individual. Tailored retraining helps redraw the internal map and allows the movement challenges of everyday to be efficiently and safely managed.

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