What is Functional Stability Training?
In order to function properly, our body needs to be strong and mobile, but control and stabilization of this mobility is often less than optimal. Unfortunately, stabilization is often overlooked in the design of rehabilitation and performance programs. Traditional program design relies too much on stretching what is tight and strengthening what is weak. We are missing the boat on stabilization and it’s effect on enhancing optimal movement patterns.
It begins with the simple understanding of how the human body works most efficiently and integrates those concepts into rehabilitation and performance training. It is based on functional anatomy and biomechanics, not the simplistic anatomy you learned in school.
It is a combination of functional assessment, mobility, strengthening, corrective exercise, manual techniques, dynamic stabilization, and neuromuscular control.
In essence, this isn’t one system, but rather the integration of thought processes from several sources and disciplines that Mike Reinold and Eric Cressey have accumulated during their careers. Click here to learn more about Eric and Mike.
If you have taken Mike Reinold’s course at ShoulderSeminar.com or watched Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold’s Optimal Shoulder Performance DVD, then you know a little bit about the basics of Functional Stability Training as it applies to the shoulder. The Functional Stability Training system expands on that even more.
Basically, Functional Stability Training is how Mike Reinold approaches building his rehabilitation programs for injured people and how Eric Cressey builds corrective exercise progressions for injury prevention and performance training.
Functional Stability Training is the integration of physical therapy and performance enhancement training, the integration of exercises and manual techniques, and the integration between mobility, strengthening, and dynamic stabilization.
The Functional Stability Training System
The FST system contains 3 modules:
- Module 1: FST for the Core,
- Module 2: FST for the Upper Extremity
- Module 3: FST for the Lower Extremity
The first module, FST of the Core is available now. The upper and lower body programs are currently being developed and will be available soon. Please sign up for our mailing list in the box to the right to be notified when these programs are available for a special introductory price. *Please note: the FST Program does not currently award any CEU’s upon completion.
To learn more and purchase a FST program, please select one of the below modules: