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9.7 out of 10 (10 reviews)
A Top Level College Course on Human Movement
Rated 10/10
By Scott Iardella, MPT, CSCS, CISSN, RKC South Florida

This book is an ocean of valuable information that will help you get the most out of your clients, patients, or both. There is so much detailed information and supportive data to provide a rock solid rationale to understand the importance of functional movement for screening, assessment,…
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Movement - Hardcover

Functional Movement Systems Screening, Assessments & Corrective Strategies

By Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS, RKC
with Lee Burton, Kyle Kiesel, Greg Rose & Milo F. Bryant

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Once a decade a book comes out that you will keep reading, rereading, and crowding with notes until it falls apart. Then you buy a new copy and enthusiastically start over. In the 1990s it was Verkhoshansky and Siff'sSupertraining. In the 2000s McGill's Ultimate Back. Enter the 2010s and Gray Cook's Movement. It is a game changer." 
—Pavel Tsatsouline, author of Enter the Kettlebell!

Small children roll, squat, lunge, run and lift with instinctively perfect form. The human animal is a "natural born athlete" primed and encoded to move with effective grace as it engages with life.

However, life is a series of insults and challenges to the development and maintenance of quality movement. Inflicted trauma, poor habits and a host of other factors start to degrade the elemental patterns of human movement into an increasingly dysfunctional system.

According to Gray Cook, this dysfunction is primarily due to the existence of asymmetries and imbalances in the body. Survival-based compensations for these asymmetries and imbalances create a cascade of increasingly harmful micro-trauma that set the stage for a potentially devastating injury.

With brilliant insight, Gray Cook has identified seven primal patterns, which are the basis for all significant human movement. Cook has further developed a set of screens to identify the imbalances and asymmetries lurking within any one primal movement pattern.

Once these imbalances and asymmetries have been recognized, then appropriate corrective exercises can be prescribed to restore balance and symmetry. Once balance and symmetry are restored, the risk of injury plummets while the quality of movement soars.

These protocols for recognizing and addressing imbalance and asymmetry— through screening, assessment and corrective strategies—are known as FMS, or Functional Movement Systems.

Research with professional sports teams and with the US military, in particular, has now proved that the FMS—and its clinical sister SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment)—indeed succeeds in dramatically reducing future injury, while enhancing or restoring lost performance.

Gray Cook's eagerly-awaited masterpiece, Movement, presents the complete functional movement system in all its glory. Movement is monumentally thorough, yet highly accessible. Fitness professionals of every kind and level will discover a treasure trove of performance-enhancing and injury-preventing protocols they can quickly implement for both themselves and their clients. Clinicians of every ilk will be delighted by the breadth and depth of the SFMA protocols, to enhance the therapeutic strategies they are currently using to heal patients.

"We have integrated many of Gray Cook's movement principles and corrective strategies into our programs to help accomplish our mission of preserving and maintaining the Commander's combat power. The FMS screening and assessment tools are very useful in establishing the baseline for our performance training system." 
—Mike Strock, US NAVY, Human Performance Consultant

Just some of what you'll get when you invest 
in Gray Cook's Movement:

Chapter 1—Introduction to Screening and Assessment

This introductory chapter builds the foundation you'll need to fully understand the purpose of screening movement. 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.

Chapter 2—Anatomical Science versus Functional Science

Expands 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, clients and patients.

Chapter 3—Understanding Movement

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. Get a summary of the differences between the two systems, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).

Chapter 4—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.

Chapter 5—Functional Movement Systems and Movement Patterns

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.

Chapter 6—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. Get a description of each screen, the purpose of each, tips for testing, implications and photographs showing how to score each test.

Chapter 7—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.

Chapter 8—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 pull the process together for you as it simplifies the overall approach.

Chapter 9—Analyzing the Movements in Screens and Assessments

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 neuromuscular training (RNT), two of the primary corrective tools of the Functional Movement Systems arsenal.

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 your exercise menu will give you confidence as you assign and program exercises.

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 understand when each is appropriate.

Chapter 12—Building the Corrective Framework

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 part of your client or patient base.

Chapter 13—Movement Pattern Corrections

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 tools to challenge that new mobility. You'll also become proficient at rolling after practicing the material in this rich chapter.

Chapter 14—Advanced Corrective Strategies

Finally, in the 24 remarkable 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 self-limiting exercises, you'll grasp the concept of the manageable mistake zone, and you'll be able to use these ideas and techniques to stand out in your crowded professional field.

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.

I use the Functional Movement Screen in my work with training professional football players, and you can use it for your work with hearty athletes, personal training clients and rehabilitation patients as well. It's that versatile, that effective and that appealing… 

Everything we do at the Indianapolis Colts is built on a Functional Movement Screen base—it's the foundation of our program." 
— Jon Torine, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Indianapolis Colts
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9.7 out of 10 (10 reviews)
Rated 10/10 A Top Level College Course on Human Movement
By Scott Iardella, MPT, CSCS, CISSN, RKC / South Florida

This book is an ocean of valuable information that will help you get the most out of your clients, patients, or both. There is so much detailed information and supportive data to provide a rock solid rationale to understand the importance of functional movement for screening, assessment, and corrective strategies.

This is a book that you will refer to again and again to understand fundamental human movement patterns and how to apply sound principles to allow the people you work to have a strong foundation, before loading them with weights. That just makes perfect sense. As Gray puts it, "Don't put fitness on dysfunction." This is what is so remarkable about the FMS approach.

The information is this book will allow you to better serve your clients and meet their goals safely, based on proper screening and corrective strategies that may be necessary. You're short changing the people you work with, if you don't read and apply the material covered in this book. This is such a tremendous and highly valuable book that I can't say enough about. You will constantly refer back to it and it will change your perspective on how you work with your clients or patients.

Also, a great complimentary resource is Be sure to take advantage of that, as well. Cheers and well done!

Rated 10/10 Details Galore
By Russell Andrews / Cartersville, GA, US

I have read and re-read this book many times over. The margins are filled with notes, paragraphs are highlighted, and paper clips are stuck throughout to mark pages. It seems every time I pick it up, I read something else of value and say, "How did I miss that before?"

Gray Cook and his team have done a superb job of laying out the details with FMS.

Highly recommend

Rated 10/10 Comprehension
By Matt Barrack / Greenwood SC

I have been to a FMS seminar. I am certified In the functional movment screen. I have been using it for the past year with my clients or at least i thought I had. I had certainly found people with good movement and people with bad movement. When I found a poor pattern I would throw exercises from the book at it like 00 buckshot hoping that something would work. Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn't. Of course I thought " I'm an awesome trainer, I'll just coach the bad pattern right out of them." After reading the book It slapped the stupid right out of me. I am now on my way to using the FMS like it was designed to help restore good movement pattern to every person that I can. It explains everything you need to know to start using this system in passionate, conclusive way.

Rated 8/10 A Great Info Pack
By Glen Wilson Bsc. Sport & Exercise Physiology. / Qld. Australia

Gray takes some time to explain why he wrote the book but once I got over that I was almost overwhelmed by the length & depth of the detail.

As a coach and competitor I agree with erring on the side of caution. Go to the Professional. He also asks that we look deeper into basic movement patterns and rectify basic movement deficiencies before teaching new skills.

The screening process does a simply, thorough job within the scope of any diligent coach, and if you value your athletes this is a must.

All in all a very enlightening book that some may find heavy going - but worth the effort.

Rated 9/10 Well Done!
By Affri Alessandro / Italy

The book is a must have for every "FMS guy".
It is a comprehensive and full view of Gray system.

Even if you're not an "FMS guy" by definition, but you're interested in screening and assesments that's the kind of stuff you should be searching for.

Rated 10/10 Speaking clearly
By Dakota Start / Seattle, WA USA

Movement will move you..."the best laid plans often go wrong."-(Robert Burns). If you have plans for today, your expirience will stem from your fundamental perception. Perception is as simple as the "allegory of the cave"; even a child can comprehend it's logic. What you see is not always what you get. We must understand what cannot be seen by the eye. Almost an infinite number components make up a single expirience. "Movement" has helped to micro- and macromanage the fundemental expirience processor, the body. This body did not need this book to move, but I know this body will "First move well, and then move often"-(Gray Cook). "Things live by moving and gain strenght as they go"-(Bruce Lee). Gray Cook's "Movement" is a sign of life; buy it, borrow it, get it some way, you won't be dissapointed.

Rated 10/10 Book of the Decade
By Marchant Training Method / Orange, CA USA

When Gray Cook speaks, the training and therapy world listens. Great great book. If you are familiar with the FMS approach, this will reconfirm your beliefs in the need to have a comprehensive screening process. If this is your first contact with Cook and his team, this will create and new way in which you view all movement. Gray Cook is very thorough in all of his work and this is no exception. Some might think it is information overload, but it all has a purpose. Make sure you read from start to finish. Do not skip ahead. This "skipping ahead" is the problem with our current approach to fitness and movement. The application of this material will take you and your clients beyond the fitness freaks who think that the more you sweat, grunt and puke, the better (and tougher) you are.
Matt Marchant
Marchant Training Method

Rated 10/10 Fantastic Book
By Darren Skelton / Perth Western Australia

Well what can I say another great product from Dragondoor.

Grey Cook's book Functional Movement Systems is a fantastic tool for PT's and other health professional.

It is great to finally see a book that we all can use to benifit our clients or paitents.

I am wondering if you are going to run some FMS courses in Australia.

I live in Perth Western Australia and would like to do this course as I believe it would reinforce the knowledge I have gained from this book.

Thanks again for a great product DRAGONDOOR.

Darren Skelton

Rated 10/10 Just What I Expected from Gray Cook!
By Jim P. / Hemet, CA

If you have had the good fortune to attend the FMS seminar, you know that Gray Cook is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate....about the way that we move. The 400 pages of this book "recap" the "live" FMS and then some!! It will be maintaining a "front row" position in my health and fitness library.

Rated 10/10 Grey Cook always has an answer
By Chris Nordeen / So, Cal, USA

The information packed in this book is a must have for any serious trainer of anyone serious about their own training. There are so many strong fundamental points made in this book you will need to read it several times, I cant thank Cook and Burton enough for have an incredible system and standing by it.

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