AMA is a criterion-based assessment designed in order to assess specific movement patterns of athlete's and the general population alike. The movement protocols have been developed and adopted through the synthesis of the scientific literature (sports sciences, biomechanical, and biological) for both performance and injury mechanisms..
What AMA is Not
We do not tabulate and grade someone's movement categorically. Firstly, it is not possible, and secondly, with the concept of movement variability, which is a focal point to understanding movement in our paradigm, movement is constantly evolving; which consequently cannot be said to be truly "dysfunctional" when you may not have a true comparison.
How Does AMA Work
The protocols used to assess help to guide both clinical and performance initiatives by trying to establish where on the spectrum of motor skill acquisition the assessor needs to intervene: therapeutically vs. motor learning (rehab strategies) vs. advanced exercise regimes (performance).
The system is 3 pronged: Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, and Therapeutic Integration. The courses are 2 day (12hr) workshops with accredited CE hours. 200+ page manuals are provided for each extremity course. The Therapeutic seminar requires that both the extremity courses are completed to be eligible to enroll. The courses are open to students in a health professional program of any discipline, strength and conditioning professionals, and licensed health care providers.
AMA Extremity Seminar Objectives
The objective of the courses areto learn a thought process: 1) understand movement as a product of motor skill acquisition and 2) how to interpret to provide clinical/performance relevance to employ in one's repertoire.
AMA Therapeutics Seminar Objectives
This course will review clinic-physiological principles for various modes of therapy, develop a pragmatic approach to apply therapy, and review the Upper and Lower Extremity AMA assessments to guide the clinical approach. In addition, rehabilitative-exercise strategies will be addressed.
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