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Selective-Functional-Movement-Assessment-logoSelective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

As anyone who’s experienced a sports-related injury will tell you, it’s important to treat a pulled hamstring or a ligament sprain – any musculoskeletal pain – immediately and with future injury prevention in mind. One of the best ways to do this is by assessing your everyday movement patterns and how these patterns may be affecting the rest of your body.

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is used by physical therapists and trainers to evaluate the fundamental movement patterns of clients and athletes alike. Its series of seven full-body movement tests is designed to assess fundamental movements (e.g., bending and squatting) in people with musculoskeletal pain. The goal is to identify meaningful impairments that, while they may seem unrelated to the initial complaint, contribute to the disability. This concept, called Regional Interdependence, is the basis of the SFMA.

This holistic approach toward training and prevention serves as a model for integrating optimal posture, balance and movement into everyday living.

To learn more about the SFMA and how it can empower you in everyday life, contact SOL Santa Cruz online or at (831) 425-3588.