Movement, the book

Movement: Functional Movement Systems—
Screening, Assessment, Corrective Strategies
Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS
Dr. Lee Burton, Dr. Kyle Kiesel, Dr. Greg Rose & Milo F. Bryant

ISBN: 978-1931046725—Hardcover, 407 pages, $69.95; Softcover $49.95
Illustrated | Referenced | Indexed

Movement is a vivid discovery, a fundamental and explicit teaching in which the return to basics takes on a whole new meaning. In it, author Gray Cook crosses the lines between rehabilitation, conditioning and fitness, providing a clear model and a common language under which fitness and re-habilitation professionals can work together.

Movement: Functional Movement Systems
Movement: Functional Movement Systems

Gray’s premise is beautiful in its simplicity: Training movement can fix muscles, but training muscles rarely fixes movement. Since all of sport is movement, his 80/20 approach is then astounding in its effectiveness. For the time invested, the FMS and its cousins are the best tools I’ve seen for producing bullet-proof athletes and pain-free non-athletes in record time. ~Tim Ferriss, author of the #1 NY Times bestseller,  The 4-Hour Workweek

By using systematic logic and revisiting the natural developmental principals all infants employ as they learn to walk, run and climb, Gray forces a new look at motor learning, corrective exercise and modern conditioning practices.

The discoveries, lessons and approaches of Movement—

  • How to view and measure movement quality alongside quantity
  • How to ascertain dysfunctional patterns with the FMS
  • What clinicians need to know about the SFMA
  • When to apply corrective strategies, and how to determine which strategies to use
  • How to map movement patterns and understand movement as a behavior

This book is not simply about the anatomy of moving structures. Rather, it serves a broader purpose to help the reader understand authentic human movement, and how the brain and body create and learn movement patterns. Our modern dysfunctions are a product of our isolated and incomplete approaches to exercise imposed on our sedentary lifestyles. A return to movement principles can create a more comprehensive exercise and rehabilitation model, a model that starts with movement.

Exercise and rehabilitation time is valuable—too valuable not to use a system. Preparation is built on a systematic evaluation of everything we can control. This book uses a systematic approach to exercise and rehabilitation built on the fundamentals of authentic human movement. ~Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

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