Contact and Links

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Movement book information For questions or comments about the book, to inquire about the book for academic use or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact Gray’s publisher, Laree Draper, via email at ld@otpbooks.com. To place a resale or quantity book order, please contact the fulfillment warehouse at (888) 281-5170, or (316) 351-7798. …

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Is this book right for you?

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Movement, the book, was developed for the exercise and rehabilitation professional. However, we realize today’s consumers are also interested in cutting edge information. Here are a few publications and products that follow the movement concept and are intended for the consumer, designed with the consumer in mind. These offer self-help solutions and concepts that don’t …

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FMS vs SFMA

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FMS The FMS captures fundamental movements, motor control within movement patterns, and competence of basic movements uncomplicated by specific skills. It will determine the greatest areas of movement deficiency, demonstrate limitations or asymmetries, and eventually correlate these with an outcome. Once you find the greatest asymmetry or deficiency, you can use measurements that are more …

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Notable Reviews

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“Gray has the ability and charisma to reach any audience. Another of those WhizKid PTs, Gray has singlehandedly changed coaches in every professional sport. Because of Gray, the Functional Movement Screen is now the gold standard screening tool in our industry.” ~ Michael Boyle, author of Advances in Functional Training “The movement of the human …

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Movement, the Foreword

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by Jon Torine Strength & Conditioning Coach, Indianapolis Colts For 16 years I have had the privilege of working as a strength and conditioning coach in the National Football League, the past 13 with the Indianapolis Colts. My passion for trying to maximize physical performance and increase durability based on science and practical application has …

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The Jump Study

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Gray discusses the perspectives that produced his interest in screening, assessing and training movement patterns. This short excerpt summarizes the insight provided in the unique research project that started Gray on his path, as explained in the book, Movement. EARLY PERSPECTIVES ON FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SYSTEMS The physical therapy education at the University of Miami prepared …

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A NEW LOOK AT MOVEMENT

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More than three years of work has finally made it into print, and as I look back on the project, I still cannot believe the journey. Although the methods we use in Functional Movement Systems have been known for a while, our understanding and explanations have improved greatly over that time. The book Movement: Functional …

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Chapters

Chapter One: Introduction to Screening and Assessment

This introductory chapter builds the foundation you’ll need to fully understand the purpose of screening movement. You’ll learn the concept of movement patterns and how to recognize these patterns in action, as well as the history and primary goals of movement screening. In the video above— In this 24-minute clip, Gray discusses the purpose of …

Chapter Two: Anatomical Science versus Functional Science

The next 16 pages expand on the differences between authentic movement and scientific anatomical function. The functional systems of muscles, joints and ligaments are covered, as are the fascial matrix, breathing and the neuromuscular network. Understanding movement deficiency and dysfunction and how these develop will illuminate your work, and clarify your explanations to your athletes, …

Chapter Three: Understanding Movement

In Chapter 3, you’ll gain an appreciation of the natural laws of basic movement before specific, with an overview of how to use screening, testing and assessment to classify movement proficiency or deficiency. You’ll also get a summary of the differences between the two systems, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement …

Chapter Four: Movement Screening

Where in your intake process should you screen? Can you screen an injured client or athlete? This section will help you place movement screening in your existing business model, or it will show you where your program structure might be improved. In this article, The Weakest Link, Gray expands on the idea of screening vs …

Chapter Five: Functional Movement Systems and Movement Patterns

This summary explains the differences between the two systems, the FMS for fitness professionals and strength coaches, and the SFMA for medical professionals. You’ll get a brief look at the systems, and finish with an appreciation of primitive and higher-level movement patterns. This article, FMS vs SFMA, provides an overview of the two systems. Be …

Chapter Six: Functional Movement Screen Descriptions

The chapter used to cover the FMS will teach you the seven basic screens in detail, including where to stand, what to watch for during the movements and how to plan your modifications. You’ll get a description of each screen, the purpose of each, tips for testing, implications and photographs showing how to score each …

Chapter Seven: SFMA Introduction and Top-Tier Tests

The top-tier assessments of the SFMA are covered in these 26 pages, which contain a discussion of the overlying considerations of functional versus dysfunctional and painful versus non-painful, the overriding criteria of the SFMA system. The seven elements of the top-tier will direct you to the breakout tests found in Chapter 8. Audio commentary:Gray talks …

Chapter Eight: SFMA Assessment Breakout Descriptions and Flowcharts

Taking 58 pages and 66 photographs to cover the SFMA breakouts will serve to remind medical professionals of the individual assessments, and at the same time make fitness trainers and strength coaches aware of the tests used by professionals to whom they refer clients and athletes. The rationale for each of the breakout regions will …

Chapter Nine: Analyzing the Movements in Screens and Assessments

Chapter 9 teaches how to analyze the various test results. Using the tests of the Functional Movement Screen as the base, you’ll learn what mistakes most beginners make in screening, how to distinguish between stability and mobility problems and how to determine asymmetries. Here you’ll get your first introduction to reverse patterning (RP) and reactive …

Chapter 10: Understanding Corrective Strategies

This begins the wrap-up: What do you do with the resulting screen and assessment information? The 20 pages of Chapter 10 comprise the performance pyramid and how to use it to form your corrective strategies. Understanding the differences between correct and corrective exercises, between challenging versus difficult, and having a selection of self-limiting exercises in …

Chapter 11: Developing Corrective Strategies

Now that you’ve discovered dysfunctional patterns in your clients, athletes and patients, the next section will guide you in the corrective decisions that make up the three primary categories of mobility, stability and movement pattern retraining. You’ll get comparisons of conditioning and corrective exercise, movement prep and movement correction, skill training and corrective prioritization, and …

Chapter 12: Building the Corrective Framework

This chapter provides a checklist for your corrective decisions: pain, purpose, posture, position, pattern and plan. Even though every person’s movement is unique, without this framework, your corrective path will not be as clear as it could be. You’ll also become familiar with the basic structure involving special considerations and populations that may make up …

Chapter 13: Movement Pattern Corrections

Chapter 13 builds on your knowledge of basic mobility and stability corrections and movement pattern retraining. Using passive, active and assistive techniques, you’ll be able to help your clients, athletes and patients recover lost mobility. Understanding stability and motor control, transitional postures and using facilitation techniques such as reactive neuromuscular training will give you the …

Chapter 14: Advanced Corrective Strategies

Finally, in the 24 pages of Chapter 14, you’ll learn how to make corrective exercise an experience. This is how corrective exercise actually works in the human body, and the thorough discussion found in this chapter will teach you how to create this for your clientele. Using PNF, RNT, reverse patterning, conscious loading, resisted and …

Chapter 15: In Conclusion

This wrap-up section pulls the material together for one last review of where the industry is now, and where it’s heading. When you finish this section, you’ll have a complete understanding of the 10 principles of the Functional Movement System. These principles will guide you in learning and training authentic movement. In this clip from …

Chapter 2 for iPhone & iPad

The next 16 pages expand on the differences between authentic movement and scientific anatomical function. The functional systems of muscles, joints and ligaments are covered, as are the fascial matrix, breathing and the neuromuscular network. Understanding movement deficiency and dysfunction and how these develop will illuminate your work, and clarify your explanations to your athletes, …

Chapter 3 for iPhone & iPad

In Chapter 3, you’ll gain an appreciation of the natural laws of basic movement before specific, with an overview of how to use screening, testing and assessment to classify movement proficiency or deficiency. You’ll also get a summary of the differences between the two systems, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement …