Movement dysfunction: Diagnosis and correction processes for practitioners

Author: Simon Body

Movement Dysfunction: Diagnosis and correction processes for practitioners

Simon Body
24 June 2019

Body, S. (2019). Movement Dysfunction: Diagnosis and correction processes for practitioners. Executive Summary of a thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Master of Professional Practice

Executive Summary

Background: Dysfunctional movement has the potential to lead to injuries or kinetic chain energy leaks on the sporting field or undertaking activities of daily living. Being able to screen and diagnose movement dysfunction is important before starting a training programme designed for health or performance. If dysfunctional patterns are overloaded then injuries can occur. However being able to diagnose dysfunction is only part of the process. How to correct and retrain any movement issues found is a complex problem. Mobility and motor control must be investigated and corrected where needed, for the client to train uninhibited.

Objective: This thesis set out to create a logical pathway for practitioners to first diagnose and then correct any dysfunctional movements found. Method: A thematic analysis on six ‘expert’ texts looked at movement dysfunction and corrective processes. Results: An algorithm constructed from the results of the thematic analysis included the global themes of Breathing, Mobility and Motor Control and created a logical pathway to follow for correction of movement dysfunction.

Conclusion: It is hoped that this thesis will help to guide practitioners (personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and massage therapists) through a movement diagnostic and corrective process. The aim is to improve their client’s movement capabilities, where needed, to acceptable levels, as described by the Functional Movement Screen. This process is not conclusive, but is still evolving and will need to be expanded or rearranged as more information becomes available.

Key words: Movement Dysfunction; Movement diagnosis; Movement correctives.


This thesis is not publicly available. The abstract is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License.

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