Ask a Physical Therapist To “Screen” Your Movements This Summer


It’s A Process

Let’s talk about the last time you interviewed for a new job. Chances are the first step was a phone screen. When you passed that portion of the process, you were then invited for an in-person interview. At that stage, the employer probably asked you to demonstrate your skills through a test or two. The process is set up in a way that narrows down the options until the most suitable candidate is found. Makes sense, right?

Just as job recruiters screen applicants to understand their abilities, PTs screen your movements to understand your body mechanics. These movement screens are just one tool in identifying the most appropriate treatment program for you. But unlike a job interview, the screen is not testing your skills or abilities. It’s simply identifying how your body functions during a variety of movements.

When to Have a Movement Screen

Summer is the perfect time to make an appointment with your physical therapist for a movement screen. The warmer weather means more time spent outdoors participating in activities that may be physically demanding. A PT checkup will ensure that you’re physically able to engage in popular summer adventures.

Physical therapists perform movement screens for a variety of reasons, including:
• Identifying areas of strength and weakness
• Uncovering issues or rule them out
• Determining readiness to begin a safe exercise program
• Improving sport performance (for both novice and elite athletes)

A movement screen can be done whether you have a nagging injury or you are simply ready to kickstart your activity level after a long hiatus. Gaining an understanding of how your body performs during basic exercises helps your PT ensure that you can safely jump on a bike or into a pool this summer. A movement screen can help you develop a lasting relationship with the activities you enjoy most.