For many sports there are known risk factors associated with injury. The number one risk factor tends to be a previous injury that leaves the body functioning in a compensated state. Evaluation and improvement of fundamental movement patterns has been shown to be a useful tool to help individuals move better and minimize future injury, particularly associated with repetitive strain.
Use of a Functional Movement Screen or Selective Functional Movement Assessment can help evaluate potential pitfalls of movement patterns that can lead to injury. These evaluations look at basic movement patterns like squatting, lunging, bending, pushing and twisting to assess for problems related to mobility and stability that can predispose an individual to injury. Once found, areas of dysfunction can be addressed to facilitate better movement and injury prevention.