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  • Your Help Needed to Guide Movement System Integration

    APTA is leading the way in advancing the integration of the movement system as the core of physical therapist (PT) practice, education, and research. Now the association needs input from you to take an important next step: making the crucial leap from the conceptual to the practical through the development of a movement system diagnosis framework and movement screen.

    Draft diagnosis and screening templates have been created by the Movement System task force and work groups, and APTA would like you to take them for a test drive and provide your comments by the June 1, 2019, deadline.

    "We're at an exciting point in the evolution of the movement system concept and now need the widest possible stakeholder input," said Sue Whitney, PT, PhD, APTA Board of Directors member and chair of the Movement System Task Force. "Many PTs have been incorporating movement system concepts into their practice and teaching for some time now, but the development of these diagnosis and screening resources has the potential to accelerate the adoption of these concepts across the profession. That's why participation in the review and comment process is so critical—with the development of a repository of movement system diagnoses and the development of the screening templates, we hope to move the bar and create excitement about using the movement system in daily practice."

    Evaluation of each template involves a 2-step process. For the diagnosis template, reviewers are asked to submit an example of a movement system diagnosis using a specially developed online form, and then provide feedback about the template itself. The movement screen—a tool that helps PTs identify patient movement impairments observed during functional tasks and activities so that they can pinpoint which additional tests and measures should be brought into play—doesn't need to be filled out, just reviewed and evaluated through an accompanying survey. Click here to view the templates and provide your feedback.

    Work toward the development of the movement system concept in the physical therapy profession began in 2013, when APTA adopted a new vision statement with guiding principles that characterized the system as "the foundation of optimizing movement to improve the health of society." The association produced a white paper on the movement system in 2015 and held a Movement System Summit in 2016 that brought together 100 thought leaders to discuss how best to integrate the system throughout all facets of the profession. Since then, members of APTA’s Movement System Task Force have been developing resources to make widespread integration a reality.

    Want to learn more about the movement system? Visit APTA's Movement System webpage for a history of the association's work.


    • anything that Sue Whitney and Shirley Sauerman believe in is going to be true,.

      Posted by Dan Aakre on 3/6/2019 7:49 PM

    • Love this topic. The biological plausibility for movement pattern testing is strong. People move in patterns. The body is connected in patters. The fascia network is the sensory and mechanical connector. (Robert Schliep). And the mind/body bridge (Lisa Feldman Barrett)

      Posted by Michael Caruso on 3/6/2019 10:03 PM

    • Grey Cook, John Voight, and others have been premoting, performing, and teaching movement analysis through the concept of regional interdependence for many years. The Selective Functionsl Movement Assessement (SFMA) and Functional Movement Training (FMT) systems have multiple allorhythms and templates associated with functional corrective measures to address assessed deficits. The systems have been revised and improved over the years. Reviewing their processes would be a great place to begin.

      Posted by Andrew C.Hillyer on 3/7/2019 9:19 AM

    • Sorry, this isn't new. Normal and abnormal movement patterns has been, or should have been, the core of our profession since I began my career almost 50 years ago. Did we loose our way somewhere along the way? The evaluation of movement and movement impairments and treatment has and always will be what defines me as a physical therapist. I hope that has been the case for the rest of my colleagues. If not we are truly lost!

      Posted by Regis Turocy on 4/5/2019 8:25 PM

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