The Performance Matrix


1. What is a TPM Pro Centre?

This is a business (typically a physio clinic) which has a licence to use online The Performance Matrix movement analysis system and the ‘Matrix’ retraining exercises found on the PhysioTec exercise catalogue. The clinicians using the system have been through a process of education that ensures they are skilled in using these tools. Additionally, this business is invited to be part of the TPM Pro Network; this is a community of clinics around the world who share business expertise so as to allow other clinics progress at a quicker rate. A TPM Pro clinic is also supplied with marketing material to support the TPM brand.

2. What is the difference between TPM Pro and TPM Active? 

TPM Pro could be considered the business to business relationship existing between MPS and each TPM Pro clinic. TPM Active is the client facing brand which captures what the product offers to those who engage with it. TPM Active is not only the brand but it is also the client; therefore, TPM Active can be considered to be anyone within the following groups (blue box).

3. What is Movement Health? 

This is our concept and we believe this is what we are assessing and improving through engagement with TPM Active. We believe we are assessing the ‘health’ of someone’s movement and making decisions (based on the report generated by the system) as to what can be changed so that they can improve their quality of life. Movement Health is then a quality that relates to all people; TPM is a tool to change this quality.

4. What evidence is there for the use of the system?

Since 1997, our team have performed research and published on the concept, effectiveness, validity and reliability of the approach.  An exhaustive list of these works can be found on the publications and the proceedings pages of the website. Notably, in 2013 we published a paper illustrating how the retraining approaches can change measures of pain, function, in addition to key biomechanical outcomes. In 2015, a reliability paper established the testing approach could be used with confidence as a clinical tool. In 2018, we published in a very influential journal, detailing our concept for a much wider audience. We are currently in the process of rewriting our book (first published in 2012), which again will support the Movement Health message we champion.


5. How long does it take to perform a testing session?

Experienced individuals can test within 25-30 minutes. Businesses that only offer 30 minutes sessions, often change their initial assessment process so as to set aside an hour which may include initial goal setting, testing, prioritising of key findings and introduction to some key retraining exercises. Questions often arise as to why it takes ‘so long’? We identify that we feel 10 tests are required to establish a comprehensive picture of somebody’s current movement efficiency; if somebody fails something in multiple tests, it is likely to be an issue that needs to be addressed. This finding cannot be achieved with only a couple of tests. The system is pitched as being the best in the world. Compromising on this element would weaken any such claim.     


6. What’s the difference between The Base and Foundation Matrix?

We have different matrices because the tests differ so that those performed by a footballer will not be the same as those performed by a runner. The testing aims to identify which ‘problem’ movement patterns are likely to consistently appear during running or football or any other of our sports specific matrices. With respect to the Foundation and the Base, these testing batteries differ from another in that the Foundation is suited to people who need to jump/land (incl. running) whereas the Base is suited to those that do not. The Base may act as a good starting place for some, prior to progressing to the Foundation. Both are included in the licence as they cover most individuals. Licensees can then choose to add two more as part of the normal fee or additional (>4) if they choose to pay more.


7. I have a Masters degree. Why do I need to do another course in how to test movement? I do this all day.

We deliver the Movement Health Solution Part 1, which is a four-day course on how to use the technology, how to test in the specific protocol that is so key to the system’s success and how to deliver the retraining exercises that make the difference to the actual goal achievement of the person. We also include a Business of Movement component to the education so that clinics can appreciate how they will integrate this tool in to their existing business. Although higher education qualifications do cover related content, we find there is a steep learning curve for most who attend the education. Part 2 is also a four-day course and delivers more in depth insight on the use of the system as opposed to only achieving competency which is typically the outcome of the first.


8. Is this the same as Kinetic Control?

Kinetic Control could be considered as a series of courses based upon closely related principles as to that delivered within TPM. Yet, there are some key differences. Kinetic Control is education you attend as a 2-day module or a 15 day course; it is not education that supports the possession of a licenced product. Kinetic Control is focussed on managing pain and clinical outcomes. TPM can be used by anyone, not just those who diagnose and treat patients. Some of the most able TPM Pro movement specialists possess a background in KC, as many principles are the same but TPM is more focussed on prevention, performance, sustaining people’s participation in activity.

9. What success stories are there, in respect to the business?

Within the global reach of the business we could pinpoint a number of different types of clinic who benefit from the system. The reasons identified as to how TPM has aided these business ranges from;

  • It has extended the client journey, so that 6 sessions become 12
  • It turns patients (coming in for pain) into clients; they stick with us as repeat business because we can do something others can’t (TPM)
  • It opens up new client groups- those without pain, those interested in performance/prevention/long-term health
  • It has increased my skill set so that I can use less manual therapy
  • It has increased the number of other professionals I can work alongside (S&C coaches, PTs)


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