3 Assessment Mistakes Trainers Make

I went to get my knee looked at a few weeks back.

I don’t want to highlight the profession that I saw, but I was taken through an assessment.The assessment was the usual assessment looking at joint range of motion and static movements. After the assessment, he gave me a few very basic exercises that had nothing to do with the assessment.I don’t get that.Based on what he observed, he didn’t even base his exercise selection on the assessment.Lastly, he hardly observed me perform the exercises.I don’t get that either, but I know these are common mistakes trainers, coaches, and therapists make.

They perform basic assessments, give exercises that are not based on the assessment, and do not provide the correct cuing or coaching for the exercise.

I know from viewing Nick Rosencutter’s presentation that for his triple athlete hip assessment, the assessment gives him information he needs in order to determine which exercise his athletes need to perform and the progressions they will move on to in time.

Looking at the very easy shoulder girdle assessment that John Izzo performs with his general population clients, it gives him an idea of what exercises they should avoid and what exercises need to be worked on in order to improve shoulder function.

With Anthony Mychal, he highlights what he looks for in the foot before he does anything else.  The right foot position is a must before one can improve athleticism.

It is great to get insight like this as it has given me a better idea of what I need to do for myself and for my clients when it comes to assessing them – using the assessment to determine what exercises to do, seeing how they perform the exercise as a guide on where they fall in the exercise continuum, and how to build on the exercise in order to help them reach their goal.

If you are happy with your assessments and exercise, keep doing what you are doing but make sure you don’t make the mistakes above.

If you would like to learn a few unconventional assessments in order to help yourself and your clients get better results, click here.