»About SFMA

»Selective Functional Movement Assessment

The SFMA is the movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.

This systematic process allows clinicians to clearly match their intervention to the main problem of the patient. This model efficiently integrates the concepts of altered motor control, the neurodevelopmental perspective, and regional interdependence into musculoskeletal practice.

»SFMA Level 1 - Online Prerequisite

  • Introduces the professional to the background and philosophy of the SFMA.
  • Illustrates how to perform a top tier screen and the necessary breakouts for each pattern.
  • Allows the professional to provide proper interventions regarding dysfunctional movement.
This course is not for certification, and is automatically included when you purchase a SFMA Level 1 live seminar.

»SFMA Level 1 - Certification

  • Describe the importance of clinically assessing movement patterns before movement components.
  • Understand how the residual effect of pain alters motor control.
  • Efficiently categorize movement patterns as functional/ dysfunctional and painful/non-painful.
  • Apply the logic from the SFMA breakouts to systematically diagnose the cause of movement pattern dysfunction as either impaired mobility or impaired motor control.
  • Discuss the motor learning principles that guide the application of therapeutic exercise to restore functional movement.
  • Link assessment findings to the initial therapeutic strategy (manual therapy or motor control oriented exercise).
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»SFMA Level 2 – The 3 R’s

  • Synthesize the concepts from the 3 R’s and integrate them into routine patient care.
  • Describe the mechanism behind Resetting techniques and when to apply them in routine patient care.
  • Appreciate the importance of Reinforcement techniques and education as it relates to routine patient care.
  • Apply motor learning principles as they apply to restoration of functional movement patterns.
  • Apply the concepts of the 4x4 Exercise Matrix including the use of pattern assistance through resistance.
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»SFMA Level 3 – Clinical Integration

  • Describe how each portion of the Functional Movement System fits together and when and why to apply each including the FMS, YBT and the SFMA
  • Effectively communicate key aspects and goals of the system to stakeholders such as coaches, payers, physicians and patients.
  • Synthesize the principles of the Functional Movement System and understand different methods to apply these principles.
  • Articulate findings from key research studies that support the use of the system as it relates to prevention, rehabilitation, discharge testing and performance enhancement.
  • Describe key aspects of performing mass testing for injury screening and prevention.
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