Certain joints & body regions are designed for stability, and others are designed for mobility—understanding the difference between the two, and knowing how to evaluate, rehabilitate, and provide functional strength those areas are what sets elite coaches, personal trainers, or manual care providers apart from the rest. Sports, like life, are dynamic activities that require us to constantly challenge our bodies to achieve something great. They aren’t played in one dimension, but rather force us to move in three dimensions at once and put strain on our bodies above and beyond what we otherwise would throughout our daily lives. To excel at sports requires dedication, practice, and hard work—and also requires that your body be conditioned and functioning at 100% to allow you to maximize the benefits of that hard work.

Some of the most common injuries that sideline athletes and keep them from performing are often the result of overuse, repetitive motion, or those that are slow to heal. Injuries, such as tendonitis, sprains & strains, and over-exertion can cause extensive time lost throughout a season if not treated properly.

Drs. Weber and Wessels approach sports medicine with new and emerging treatment protocols allowing them to treat your injuries and biomechanical defects efficiently and safely—allowing you to get back out onto the field faster. See the Related Content below to learn more about these techniques and treatment options.

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One of the best tools for diagnosing the cause of injury is evaluating how a person moves—where they move well, where they don’t move well, and what areas may be influencing the symptoms they are experiencing.

Functional Movement Screening (F.M.S.) helps our doctors dial into the subtle movement cues that can cause injury or prevent full recovery from injury. These movement screens help us quickly identify where a patient is moving well (or too much), where they’re not moving enough, or where they need more stability to “hold” treatment results longer.

F.M.S. is a ranking and scoring system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the F.M.S. readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness or proprioception.

The F.M.S. generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system can then be directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns if applied by professions certified in its usage. Exercise professionals monitor the F.M.S. score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

The F.M.S. simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis. The F.M.S. creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance. The F.M.S. quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved, screening movements that may be potentially dangerous or prone to cause injury. The F.M.S. can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues.


The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (S.F.M.A.) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, there is an opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability.

This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.

The goal of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment is to identify the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern and break the pattern down to identify the underlying cause of the dysfunction.

This includes using traditional muscle length and joint assessment tests which lead to corrective manual therapy and exercise interventions. The model calls for the intervention to be directed only at the non-painful patterns. This ensures that the adverse effects of pain on the motor control will not hinder corrective strategies.

The human system will migrate toward predictable patterns of movement in response to pain or in the presence of weakness, tension, or structural abnormality. Over time, these pain-attenuated movement patterns lead to protective movement and fear of movement, resulting in impairments such as decreased ROM, muscle length changes, and declines in strength.

Pain-free functional movement for participation in occupation and lifestyle activities is desirable.