Provider: The BioMechanics
Type: Online Course
CEC Credits: ACE 1.4 CECs

Understanding the Causes of Muscle and Movement Imbalances

Musculoskeletal disorders and imbalances affect millions of people in the United States, with as many as one in two Americans afflicted, according to the National Institutes of Health. With corrective exercise, you can help your clients target underlying muscle and movement imbalances that cause pain and discomfort. By learning proper movements and techniques aimed at mitigating and eliminating musculoskeletal imbalances, you can help clients begin, return to or continue a program of regular exercise without limitations. The key to success, however, is designing the right program for each client.

Understanding Muscles and Movement explains in easy-to-understand terms how the whole body moves together as an integrated system of muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments and fascia. You will also learn the unique approach of The BioMechanics Method®, which explains how gravity and ground reaction forces change the way the body moves—knowledge that is imperative for designing successful corrective exercise strategies. 

Career Outlook

With the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in America, the reality is that most clients who seek health and fitness services are among those suffering from these conditions. In fact, studies have shown that 90% of people who currently use personal training services report experiencing pain related to temporary or chronic musculoskeletal issues while performing even low-level physical activities (Schroeder and Donlin 2013). Gaining the knowledge and skills to identify and correct muscle and movement imbalances is both crucial to your current practice and to your career growth. The lack of fitness professionals with the appropriate skills to serve people with muscle or joint pain and other physically-limiting musculoskeletal conditions has created a significant gap in the care continuum. Learning these skills will enable you to fill this need—and position yourself as a go-to professional in this area.

You will learn:

  • In-depth anatomy information about muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments and fascia, including specific muscle origins, insertions and functions
  • The difference between traditional and functional anatomy, and how gravity and ground reaction forces change the way a body moves
  • The major muscle groups that will dictate the exercise strategies used to improve musculoskeletal health and alleviate associated dysfunction 
  • How to use anatomy and assessment findings to design and integrate corrective exercise programming into clients' training programs

Understanding Muscles and Movement is a standalone course as well as Module 2 of The BioMechanics Method® Corrective Exercise Specialist Program. To learn more about earning the full specialist credential, click here.

References

Schroeder, J., and A. Donlin, eds. 2013. IDEA fitness programs and equipment trends report. San Diego, CA: IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Reviews

This is the second course I have taken from The Biomechanics Method and I love it. The courses are a great resource for review of anatomy and functional movement. There is video content and an anatomy chart for each structure so it is very well organized. I would recommend these courses so you can apply it to your daily programming with clients!

Great course. Very informative. Simple to understand content. Highly recommend this course!

This was a very informative lecture. I now have a better understanding of the traditional and functional anatomy. I can’t wait to apply this knowledge with my clients

I thought the organization, material, presentation was really helpful and well done. I appreciated the material that I downloaded and that I can keep for future reference because it is all extremely well done. I thought there was a great balance between overloading with too much information and not giving enough focus to details.

Very difficult, but very rewarding.