When it comes to fixing someone’s physical limitations, you should know and understand how to screen your athletes.
Athletes get messed up in the head from a psychological standpoint and sometimes they get messed up from a motor control standpoint. I’m not referring to sports psychology (save that for George Mumford to fix!) I’m talking about looking at and testing your athletes with some movement patterns that uncover balance asymmetries, core weakness, rigid fascia, etc. As a strength & conditioning specialist, you owe it to your athletes to screen them. How can you help fix their physical limitations, reduce pain and get them in shape without screening them first?
Do a quick assessment to figure out if your athletes have a tissue extensibility dysfunction or if they have an underlying motor control problem. Treat your physical limitations first with static and active release techniques (refer out if necessary unless you’re licensed to manipulate) and then re-teach motor control movement patterns for better quality of movement. This is a crucial step because once you discover and unlock any restricted fascia, you’ll need to get the brain and musculoskeletal system back to working efficiently.
Re-screening is also necessary in order to make sure that your athletes aren’t gravitating back to old movement patterns and to make sure that what you’ve unlocked, stays unlocked. It’s simple to do and you should check your athletes periodically with some quick movement assessments if you’re suspicious that they’re restricted again.