A musculoskeletal screening involves gathering information about an individual’s injury history and conducting a series of sport specific assessments to identify risk factors that could predispose an athlete to injury. Sport specific screening protocol tests are constructed with the knowledge of what the sport involves and the most common injuries associated with it.
The specific tests included in the assessment are chosen depending on the type of sport you are involved in. The following areas are considered:
- Joint range of motion
- Upper & lower limb strength
- Upper & lower limb flexibility
- Trunk control
- Balance and coordination
- Sport specific functional tests E.g. jumping/landing, throwing, serving
- Any level of athlete can benefit from a musculoskeletal screening The primary benefit of a musculoskeletal screening is the prevention of injury. The screening can identify any factors that may increase the risk of a musculoskeletal injury in the approaching season.
- Pre Rehabilitation and Post Rehabilitation comparison as well as Contralateral asymmetries comparison which plays a major role in determining the time period for Return to Sports.Further benefits include the potential to improve your athletic performance. By assessing your strength, mobility, function and technique specific to your sport, areas to improve upon can be identified.
- A musculoskeletal screening also provides a baseline measure that can be used for general monitoring throughout the season and for future rehabilitation purposes.