A medical specialty concerned with preventing, diagnosing, and treating disabling diseases, disorders, and injuries by physical means (as by the use of electrotherapy, therapeutic exercise and movement analysis


  • Recognize movement patterns that support work, sports and daily activities.
  • Understand the true relationship that movement patterns play in our health and fitness goals.
  • Identify principles to support the importance of movement screening.
  • Explain the role of mobility, motor control, and functional patterns in fundamental movement.
  • Demonstrate the use of the Functional Movement Screen instructions and procedures.


  • Accurately describe the importance of identifying dysfunctional movement patterns.
  • Understand the importance of pain provocation during the examination process and list two ways in which pain alters motor control.
  • Understand the logic of the SFMA to determine if the dysfunction is a mobility based dysfunction or stability and/or motor control dysfunction.
  • Independently analyze the information gained from the SFMA base screen and breakouts on a model patient to correctly identify the key impairments in order to establish a diagnosis.
  • Link the assessment information to the initial therapeutic strategy and initiate the most appropriate treatment interventions (manual therapy and functional exercise) into the traditional rehabilitation program to normalize dysfunctional movement.