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Human movement is a complex behavior within a specific context.

The movement system is the integration of body systems that generate and maintain movement at all levels of bodily function. Human movement is a complex behavior within a specific context, and is influenced by social, environmental, and personal factors.

APTA recently released the movement screen, a tool designed to detect movement impairments observed during functional tasks and activities that will help you decide which additional tests and measures to include in the patient and client examination.

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Physical Therapist Practice and the Movement System

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Management Of The Movement System

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Diagnostic Labels and Movement Expertise: An Author Interview

Feb 19, 2021 / Podcast

Dr. Sahrmann elaborates on her thought-provoking Point of View in a conversation that acknowledges some of the differences of opinion and controversies surrounding this vital topic.

Five Ways PTs Can Offer Movement Experiences During a Pandemic

Nov 3, 2020 / Perspective

We have a very sweet spot as professionals to not only help those already hurting, but also help facilitate movement experiences.

PTJ: Outcomes Registry as Potential Leader in 'Systems Science'

Nov 19, 2018 / Review

Systems science emphasizes collecting and analyzing clinical data using a common language, say authors of a "Point of View" article in PTJ.

The Movement System Brings It All Together

May 1, 2016 / Feature

An upcoming summit will explore the implications and goals of recognizing the movement system as the core of physical therapist practice, education, and research. Meanwhile, here's some background to bring you up-to-date.