Which Matrix? The Base & The Foundation: 2 Great Places to Start a Movement Health Journey
If Movement Health is about possessing more choices in movement, the choices on offer in terms of which Performance Matrix analysis tool to use, raises many questions. Here’s a simple overview of The Base Matrix and The Foundation Matrix to help both TPM Pro clinicians and their TPM Active clients choose how to start their Movement Health journey.
The Base Matrix: All About ‘The Base’
If you don’t need (or want to jump), and if you don’t run (repetitive jumping) ‘The Base Matrix’ seems to be a great place to start the movement management process. As with all the Matrix tools, it is composed of both low and high threshold testing, therefore revealing movement deficits that appear at different intensities of effort and caused by differing physiological mechanisms. In addition to consideration of the trunk, lower and upper limb ‘The Base Matrix’ also considers movement testing focussing on the neck, making this a sensible testing tool for use with swimmers.
Base Matrix Checklist
Useful for sports and active people who do not require high amounts of ground contact.
Overhead sports players, swimmers and those who are active (TPM Active).
- The Base Matrix uses 10 tests to identify movement issues within multi–joint function
- The Base Matrix uses 10 tests to identify uncontrolled movement within a multi joint movement assessment.
- It identifies the site, direction and threshold ® of risk related uncontrolled movement.
- There are 5 low threshold motor control tests and 5 high threshold, strength/speed tests. The testing categories are based on the demands of everyday function to inform on the movement related risks to performance and injury.
- No jumping or hopping tests, so impact loading is low
See an example of a test below - the small bend exercise is in both The Foundation Matrix and The Base Matrix
The Foundation Matrix: Solid Foundations
For those who jump as part of their activity/sport, but not looking for the exactitude of the Running Matrix, ‘The Foundation Matrix’ reveals massive amounts of information on key movement related issues. The Foundation Matrix may also be seen as a progression from ‘The ‘Base’, due to the inclusion of the jump tests, which are performed with differing direction and loading challenges. This popular Matrix has been the topic of academic literature including Mottram and Comerford (2008), McNeill (2014) and Mischiati et al. (2015), a study which reassuringly highlighted the tool’s reliability.
Foundation Matrix Checklist
- Suitable for active individuals (TPM Active)
- The Foundation Matrix uses 10 tests to identify movement issues within multi–joint function
- The Foundation Matrix uses 10 tests to identify uncontrolled movement within a multi joint movement assessment.
- It identifies the site, direction and threshold ® of the risk related uncontrolled movement.
- There are 5 low threshold motor control tests and 5 high threshold strength/speed tests.
- Appropriate to use on any person that is involved in a sport or activity that requires ‘landing’ a jump or hop.
- Includes additional marker for restrictions and proprioception.
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