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Dr. Manison is now FMS Level 2 Certified…and why this is important for you!

Dr. Manison is now FMS Level 2 Certified…and why this is important for you!

We are proud to announce that Dr. Manison is FMS level 2 certified.  FMS, or Functional Movement Screen, is composed of a group of 7 movement and stability tests that are performed to assess necessary mobility and stability for athletes and laypeople alike.  This assessment addresses the full body.

Simply put, without proper mobility and stability, we are more prone to injury.  This isn’t to say that a high FMS score makes us impervious to injury, but the better we move and the more stable we are, the less compensation we have to make, and this tends to mean a lower risk of injury.  The FMS is also a gateway to the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), for those who experience any pain during the FMS.

The FMS is a vital screen for anyone participating in sports or who wishes to work to be in shape.  If you want to perform better at whatever you do, from golf to running to triathlons to power lifting to CrossFit workouts, and more, working to correct your movement imbalances should be of utmost importance.  Simply put, if your body cannot appropriately handle the demands of your workouts, you need to correct the imbalances to move forward.

Dr. Manison will be offering FMS evaluations for those who wish to go that ‘extra mile’ to perform at an optimal level.  The FMS score enables Dr. Manison to pinpoint errors in movement capacity and recommend specific corrective exercises to address the imbalances.  In fact, scores will be stored at Functionalmovement.com (HIPAA compliant), and each person will be given access to the Functional Movement website where individualized programs will be created by Dr. Manison for clients/patients for home participation.  The screen can be re-administered from time to time and exercises modified as necessary.  This allows the patient/client and Dr. Manison to use objective criteria to aid in improving mobility and stability.

The FMS certification gives Dr. Manison another phenomenal tool to go along with all of his training.  In conjunction with his SFMA training (more information on this coming soon), clients/patients will have access to an unrivaled level of movement assessment and treatment in the state of Maryland.  You do not need to be an active patient of Dr. Manison’s to get a FMS assessment or take part in the corrective exercises program.   The FMS evaluations will be made by appointment only and individualized corrective exercises will be offered at that point.  The exercises will be altered based upon progress of the assigned routines.  If you currently work with a personal trainer, you are encouraged to continue, but you should not ‘load’ the areas the FMS has found to be deficient until the region(s) can handle it.  This will be determined by your progress in the FMS scoring.  The goal is raise the FMS score to an acceptable level where the corrective exercises will not be necessary and the body will have the capacity to train at a higher level to perform better at whatever sport/activity you wish to maximize.

The FMS (and SFMA) are the science behind optimal training as before you begin any activity at any level, you should be sure your body has the capacity to partake in such.

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‘Leaner and Meaner’:  How Much Protein Do You Need?

‘Leaner and Meaner’: How Much Protein Do You Need?

There has always been a debate about how much protein an athlete needs.  ‘You need one gram per kilogram of weight’ or you need ‘one gram per pound of weight’ and some other somewhat random numbers are usually used to determine how much protein resistance training athletes need.  As a healthcare provider who works with athletes, I need to make sure my athletes have enough protein to ensure healthy soft tissue function and reduce the likelihood of injury. Without proper protein consumption, an athlete will not achieve his/her fitness goals, and if there’s an injury, the athlete will certainly need extra protein during the recovery phase to get better.  I won’t discuss the subject of sarcopenia in this blog but this topic too is a major crisis in our country.  So, how do we know where to really start?

A literature review study from 2014 in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism gives us a good formula for determining the range of protein needed for caloric restricted, resistance trained athletes. Before we go any further, we should define who these athletes are…. they are…you and me.  If you work out, want to look good, and want a high level of lean muscle mass (highly desirable for good health), then this formula applies to you.  In fact, if you just work out and wish to have healthy muscle, this formula will help you achieve your goals.  The bottom line is that athletes tend to ingest less protein than they need and this is a major concern.  Not only that, but they also are unlikely getting the best quality protein they can. Oh, this study also mentions that total fat consumption should not go below 20% of total calorie intake.  So what are we looking at?  A sensible caloric restricted diet with adequate micronutrient ingestion and the proper ratio of macronutrients.  So, you want to be ‘lean and mean’?…here’s how to achieve it… Continue Reading →