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One and Done

One and Done

The trouble with movement screens and the skill-based solution of the Athletic Movement Assessment

If you exercise, you’ve probably done some type of assessment, whether it’s blood pressure, a functional movement screen, or a bootcamp instructor screaming in your ear while you attempt to hang on to a treadmill going 12 mph at a 10% incline.

What made that screen meaningful?  How was that information used to help you achieve your goals?  Did it predict injuries?  Did it predict skill?  Did it result in practical and effective solutions?  Do screens employ a one-size-fits-all approach, or do they give practitioners and individuals specialized tools to solve specific problems?  Do they reveal issues that don’t actually exist?  More importantly, if we assess only ONCE, and not repeatedly, does that assessment have any meaningful impact on our long-term prospects?

In this episode, entitled One And Done, we join Dr. Patrick Welsh, Co-Founder and Director of Athletic Movement Assessment, in a discussion on the background and limitations of clinical and gym-based movement screens.  Dr. Welsh presents a new, skill-based, iterative approach, designed to empower practitioners and clients with tools that truly uncover the roots of function, leading to more intuitive and productive solutions.

For more information about Athletic Movement Assessment, visit their website at

In this episode we discuss:

  • Background and limitations of past and present assessment models
  • Informative vs predictive assessments
  • The roles of the practitioner and client in regards to recovery and performance
  • Guidelines for decision making vs binary conclusions after assessments
  • The need for re-assessment


Assessment - The estimation or evaluation of the nature, quality or ability of someone or something

Dynamic Knee Valgus - A measurement of frontal plane motion of the knee where the femur and shank move medially causing lateral compression and medial distraction

Palliative Maneuvers - An intervention designed with the intent to improve movement quality

Sensori-Motor Model - A paradigm of information input, decision-making, and motor output, that characterizes how and why movements emerge in response to task constraints

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Season 3, Episode 3 - Go With The Flow

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