In this interview-style lecture, physical therapists Joe Heiler and Gray Cook discuss the nuances of function, its definition and how the concept could be applied to rehabilitation and performance. How can strength coaches, trainers, athletic trainers and chiropractors use the idea of function in their work? Why hasn’t function been defined after all these years?
This discussion was based in part on Gray’s article, Function, which you might want to read while your lecture is downloading.
“Moving within these patterns we’re devising are the pathways that allow you to learn movement. For me, doing a movement screen isn’t just making sure you can squat. It’s making sure the pathways of your ankles, hips, knees, spine and shoulders working together in the planes executed in the squat, the pathways of sensation are open, so you can motor learn anything that’s built upon that squat, like a vertical leap, shot-put or volleyball spike.” ~Gray Cook
Duration: 37 minutes; Transcript: 9 pages; Mp3 file size: 92 MBs
• Defining Function (1:20)
• Importance of a Movement Baseline (8:50)
• Dysfunctions & Meaningful Impairments (13:20)
• Finding & Treating Dysfunction (23:05)
• Using a Checklist (29:25)
• Key Points (30:40)
Here’s a short clip to give you an idea of what this lecture sounds like:
Gray Cook consults with professional and university coaches and athletes, and teaches on various aspects of physical therapy, sports medicine and performance enhancement. His over-riding philosophy is that movement professionals must first understand human movement patterns. He’s the author of Movement: Functional Movement Systems: Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies and Athletic Body in Balance and the creator of over a dozen DVD packages. His two main websites are GrayCook.com and Functionalmovement.com.
Joe Heiler PT, CSCS, is the owner and content editor at SportsRehabExpert.com and is also the owner of Elite Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Traverse City, MI. He is a consultant with several high schools and minor league teams as a strength and conditioning coach setting up performance programs. People interested in this lecture will also be interested in his member site, sportsrehabexpert.com.