At Yoga Athletex, we follow a very important programming model: The Optimal Performance Training model, or OPT. Through our staff’s National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certifications, we provide a safe, simple and science-based training program for youth, elite and professional athletes alike. We start with corrective programming to maximize quality and limit compensations. We do this through visual movement assessments in the gym, but more importantly by Functional Movement Screen (FMS) assessments. We believe your preseason priority should be booking an FMS screen, not determining a 1 rep max (RM).
According to NASM, at most levels of performance enhancement, sports specificity is more of a marketing message than a systematic approach. Furthermore, the areas of strength and conditioning and performance enhancement have been increasingly researched and improved over the past 25 years. Over the years, we have also learned a great deal about reducing the risk for injury.
We agree, two areas that remain insufficiently addressed in sports training and yoga, are the effective assessment of movement competency to maximize movement quality and the systematic implementation of periodization and coaching methods to maximize results. As you may have heard us mention, instead, we continue to see outdated, inappropriate or even risky practice methods and an overemphasis on “sport-specific” movements that lead to overuse injuries. The purpose of this blog is to announce, or reiterate, our focus on preseason programming and implementation for the high-school athlete.
Our first goal with our athletes is to gain a proper assessment of individual movement through our FMS screening protocol. By assessing the athlete, we are able to address compensations and maximize a stable training platform to prepare them for strength development, power movements and conditioning needs. Our intent is to properly prepare and progress the athlete as the grow within the Long Term Athletic Development, or LTAD, model. This way the athlete and coaches are better equipped to focus on specialization of movements as they move from freshman to senior year, and well into college.
After a FMS screen, we are able to maximize our programming and limit compensations as we progress through the OPT model. Training athletes in a group environment can be challenging, so this process allows us to get a head start in prepping the athletes for sport performance, on a more individual basis. We are better able to serve our athletes as a whole by starting off on the right foot. As in all areas of life, starting with clear intentions and assessments is key to long term success.
How do I sign up & purchase a FMS Screening?
Go to Services –> FMS Screening –> Purchase Screening & Follow Up (2 sessions): $160
Email Patricia Bomar: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kalynn Evans: email@example.com to set up your appointment!
In the words of Gray Cook (FMS Founder), “Move Well. Move Often”