March 29 , 2011
Aaron and I have the opportunity to work with the Burnaby Burrards as their strength and conditioning trainers for their 2011 season. The team met for their first practice of a 5-week pre-season last night and we got a chance to meet the coaching staff as well as all the players.
Both Aaron and I are certified to conduct a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and we do this with all of our clients whether they’re seasoned athletes or very new to fitness and training. The FMS captures fundamental movement, motor control within movement patterns, and competence of basic movements uncomplicated by specific skills. It’s comprised of seven movement tests that require a balance of mobility and stability in the athlete. It basically helps us determine an athlete’s greatest area of movement deficiency, weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries, and physical limitations.
For more information on the FMS click here.
After we collect all the data from the players, we’re going to analyze the data and determine the corrective exercises that we’re going to use on each of them to improve that player’s greatest movement deficiency. Since it’s close to the first game of the season, our objective as trainers is not to increase strength or power in each individual. Our objective for this short pre-season and throughout league play, is to remove any limitations in the player, condition them, and most importantly injury prevention. The only way we can do that effectively is to accurately determine exactly what we need to focus on in each player. The FMS is the best tool to help us do that.
I can’t wait to see these guys start to see some improvements in their performance as the season progresses. Check out some pictures below from the evening.