What is the SFMA?
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of movements that help evaluate and locate the cause of pain. The assessment includes 7 different movements designed to assess basic everyday patterns of movement such as bending, reaching, and squatting in those with known muscle and joint pain.
The SFMA is a diagnostic tool which helps find the cause of pain, rather than looking at just the source. When someone has knee pain, they typically try to figure out what’s wrong with the knee when the cause of pain could be coming from elsewhere such as instability of the hip, ankle mobility, and plenty of other underlying reasons. By reasonably evaluating poor movement patterns in a structured, yet simple assessment you can provide more appropriate exercises for an individual.
Why and When would you use the SFMA?
The SFMA is a pre-participation tool specifically for those dealing with musculoskeletal pain. The SFMA is commonly used as an additional tool to assess movement before creating an exercise or training program for a specific individual. When an individual has known musculoskeletal pain, the SFMA is typically used in place of other movement assessments.
A better alternative to the SFMA
For someone moving in pain, the SFMA is a great tool used to develop a plan of treatment and training. At Infinity Sports Institute, we no longer use the SFMA as part of the full evaluation to used to assess any pain through movement. In our Sports Science lab, we have a Dari-Motion System that can replace the traditional SFMA.
The Dari gives us more efficiency when it comes to collecting quantitative data. With the markerless cameras, the system automatically captures a person’s movements and provides accurate data points and reliable analysis. It also saves a lot of time when assessing the same or similar movement patterns. Without the Dari, the SFMA is still a valuable resource for professionals to use.
However, the Dari-Motion System isn’t largely accessible to the general population. It’s why at Infinity Sports Institute, we strive to make the best technology more accessible and the reason our Sports science lab is open to the public. Call to schedule your assessment now!