July 16 , 2014
We have lots of experience providing FMS screening and strength testing to sports teams in the past so when Team BC U16 Water Polo Team reached out to our team at Engineered Bodies, we were more than happy and ready for the challenge.
The scope was to provide their athletes with FMS screens and assessments and to educate on the importance of that protocol with respect to mitigating risk to injury.
It was interesting to note that every player that was screened scored bilateral 1’s on the Active Straight Leg Raise (ASLR) and 1’s on the Truck Stability Push Up (TSPU) and 2’s and 3’s in most everything else. Some of them had complained of shoulder issues but nothing showed up in the screens. Hip instability has been known to be correlated with shoulder instability so it’s a good thing we caught this dysfunction at the front end. We then determined the appropriate corrective strategy and drills to remove these faulty patterns. Providing them with stability drills to stabilize their hips will help to mitigate shoulder injuries as they train and play more as they grow older.
We’ll be training with them moving forward to improve their movements to reduce their risk to injury and to build strength and conditioning as they move into the season.
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