TPM Active - its the sign of movement health
It’s the sign of Movement Health
The ski season is now well underway. So, how can we ensure our clients are ready for the slopes. Here, we talk about using the TPM (The Performance Matrix) system with skiers.
Use what the best use
For anybody keen to ensure they achieve their performance goals, it’s reassuring to know the same options available to professional athletes are increasingly within the reach of everyone else. In this blog, we give centre stage to University of Manchester and Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme Movement Specialist, Jamie Miller, who talks about he uses TPM Active with some of the best downhill skiers in the UK.
First exposed to the TPM content as part of an MSc at Keele University, Jamie saw the system’s value in working with elite swimmers and their troublesome shoulders. Jamie says,’ I’ve been using TPM for 3 years, primarily with the TASS and Scholarship athletes at the University of Manchester. Since then, I’ve used TPM as part of my assessment process with athletes, assisting both individual and specific injury prevention and athlete maintenance sessions.
Ahead of the pain and injury curve: time efficient time and retraining
Jamie identifies TPM highlights movement control faults prior to potential injury or the presence of pain allowing for a more athlete centred approach injury reduction process. He feels the system’s specific ability to quantify the identified movement issues has enhanced the way he addresses these issues, specifically through the exercise prescription focus given to each athlete. He states,’ As I deal with an extensive range of athletes from many different sports, most of which involve some impact and loading from the ground, I have found TPM fulfils all of my needs in my current working environment.
Changing movement, changing performance; TPM Active
One athlete in particular who has benefited through the use of TPM is Georgia Hallett, who is part of the Welsh Elite Artificial and Alpine ski team. Jamie first saw Georgia back in 2015, when he tested her using TPM. Jamie, identifying the level of detail supplied by the testing, says , ’It was obvious that she did not have the capability to control her low back and pelvic extension, sidebend and rotation, as well as lower leg lateral rotation during both high and low intensity testing. This was coupled with current low back pain, a drop-in performance levels and an increase in training load. I saw her continually over the course of the season, primarily addressing her control issues found at the low back and pelvis, through exercise prescription alongside several other treatments. By the time we re-tested her, using TPM, her low back and pelvis were no longer a ‘high risk area’ and her pain had significantly decreased, allowing an increase in performance levels towards the back end of the season. (Her overall scores had decreased from 18/50 to 11/50).
TPM Active is available to all at TPM Pro clinics around the world
For more information on how TPM Active delivers improved movement outcomes read our post from Movement Specialist Jacqueline Swart here
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