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SFMA - Level 1: Certification

** Recommended to do the FMS-course before attending this course.
The SFMA is designed for Medical licensed Professionals who want to implement a movement based approach to treating pain.
The SFMA Certification Course introduces the material for the foundation of the SFMA, The Big 7 movements and breakout assessments. The seminar also includes the introduction to the model of interventions directed towards the findings. At completion of this seminar, the health care professional will be able to evaluate painful movements, determine the source of the pain, and understand the role of manual therapy and neuromuscular exercise techniques to treat the painful condition.
The workshop will combine lecture, demonstration, and lab experience to introduce and demonstrate a model of movement assessment and subsequent therapeutic exercise choices that target dysfunctional movement patterns.
SFMA has released their online Prerequisite course.  To become SFMA certified, attendees need to complete both the SFMA online Prerequisite and the live event.  You can not become certified through the online portion only.
The SFMA Level 1 - Online Prerequisite introduces professionals to the SFMA’s background, logic, top tier screens and breakouts.
An understanding of the SFMA logic and breakouts will allow the healthcare professional to provide the proper intervention to the dysfunctional movement. The SFMA Level 1 - Online Prerequistite does not include certification, but will familiarize you with the basics of the SFMA.
The actual SFMA Live event is going to be changed to be able to provide more hands on practice with the material.  The online Prerequisite covers all the new terminology and breakouts to expose the viewer to our methodology.  We have created this to help make our attendees more proficient in the assessment! After payment for the course, you will receive information for the online Prerequisite course in your email.
It is the goal of this workshop to outline a system to capture impaired patterns of posture and functional movement which will assist in the deductive process and determination of a functional diagnosis. To this end, functional assessment information and movements presently available will be used. But, the main objective is for the learner to understand the assessment system which provides an orderly and repeatable clinical process with respect functional movement assessment and intervention, and the effects fundamental movement has on provocation of the patient’s main symptom.
Pain-free functional movement for participation in occupation and lifestyle activities is desirable. Many components comprise pain-free functional movement including adequate posture, ROM, muscle performance, motor control, and balance reactions. Impairments of each component could potentially alter functional movement resulting in or as a consequence of pain. In this workshop we will identify key functional movement patterns through the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and describe the critical points of assessment needed for clinical application to identify dysfunctional movement. Traditional muscle length, strength, and special tests should be used to help the clinician identify the impairments, which are associated with dysfunctional movement. This approach is designed to complement existing exam and intervention with therapeutic exercise. It should serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of the movement system into musculoskeletal practice. It should also serve as a feedback system for the effectiveness of the therapeutic exercise program, which should target the dysfunctional movement pattern as well as the impairments that have been identified.
Considering Patterns of Movement
Normal movement is achieved through the integration of fundamental movement patterns with an adequate balance of mobility and stability to meet the demands of the task at hand.
The human system will migrate toward predictable patterns of movement in response to pain or in the presence of weakness, tightness, or structural abnormality. Over time, these pain attenuated movement patterns lead to protective movement and fear of movement, resulting in clinically observed impairments such as decreased ROM, muscle length changes, and declines in strength. An isolated or regional approach to either evaluation or treatment will not restore the whole of function. Functional restoration requires a map of dysfunctional patterns and a working knowledge of functional patterns to gain clinical perspective and design an effective treatment strategy.
Concept 3:
Four Positions:
 Four Types of Resistance:
After completing this workshop, the therapist should be able to do the following:
  1. Understand the importance of identifying dysfunctional movement patterns
  2. Understand the difference between disability, dysfunction, and impairment as defined
  3. Describe why it is important to assess movement patterns in both the loaded and unloaded positions and how this information can be used to guide intervention.
  4. Discuss the relationship between automatic balance reactions and the fundamental movement patterns of squatting, lunging, and forward bending.
  5. Understand the importance of pain provocation during the examination process and appreciate that pain alters motor control.
  6. Use the information gained from the SFMA to select key impairments to assess and design appropriate interventions to normalize dysfunctional movement.
  7. Link the assessment information to the initial therapeutic exercise strategy and initiate treatment.
  8. Monitor initial changes in dysfunction and impairment to guide the therapeutic exercise progression.
What Top Professionals Say
When it comes to identifying the root cause of any movement dysfunction or painful pattern, there is no one better than Gray Cook. His Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is the most thorough but simple method to help you pinpoint your clients primary dysfunction\'s. We have been using the SFMA at Titleist with all our players for the past year and the results are unbelievable.
Dr. Greg Rose
Co-Founder of the Titleist Performance Institute
The SFMA and it's predecessor the FMS are probably two of the most important continuing education classes I have attended in seventeen years of physical therapy practice. The patient/client feels their mobility and stability problems and buys into what you are selling. It makes evaluation and program design simple and effective.
Joe Eischen, PT, ATC, CSCS
Mayo Sports Medicine Center, Desk L-C
Online course:
* After payment of the SFMA course, you will receive access to the online prerequisite course from FMS, which should be completed before the start of the practical course. After payment of this course, it is not possible to recover the costs for the online course after cancellation of the course.
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