Can Your Child Move? Physical Assessment of Motor Skill Competence
"It is alarming that adolescents aged between 12 and 13 years entering their first year of post-primary physical education do not display proficiency across nine basic movement patterns. This finding indicates that adolescents may have a difficult time in making the successful transition towards more advanced skills within the sport-specific stage." https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17408989.2015.1017451

The 2016 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth tracks physical activity indicators over time and provides a report card giving grades to each indicator.

Overall Physical Activity: The proportion of U.S. children and youth attaining 60 or more minutes of moderate-to vigorous activity on at least 5 days per week    D-  

Sedentary Behaviors: The proportion of U.S. youth engaging in 2 hours or less of screen time per day.    D-

Active Transportation: The percentage of U.S. children and youth who usually walk or bike to school.     F

Organized Sports Participation: The proportion of U.S. high school students participating on at least 1 school or community sports team.     C-

Health Related Fitness: The proportion of U.S. youth meeting cardiorespiratory physical fitness standards.     D

School: The proportion of U.S. high school students attending at least one physical education (PE) class in an average week.     D+

Given these statistics, might it be possible that your child is not physically prepared to play sports?

Perform this physical assessment with your child and come to your own conclusions. The good news is that whatever you discover, it can be improved!

http://www.physicalactivityplan.org/reportcard/2016FINAL_PAReportCard_Summary.pdf
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Posture - Take a picture of your child from the side *
Check all that apply
Required
Stand up straight!
What does this mean?
If your child does not stand up straight then it places a great deal of stress on the neck, middle back, lower back, shoulders, hips, knees and feet. The good news is that it can be easily corrected.
Posture - take a picture of your child from the rear *
Look at the shoulder blades (scapula). What do they look like?
Required
What does this mean?
If your child has winged scapula, then it means that certain shoulder muscles are weak and it increases the chance of a shoulder injury especially in throwing sports and reaching sports (baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, swimming, javelin, shot put, discus). It also decreases performance via lower power output.
Mobility Screening - Beighton Score *
Score 0 for normal. Score 1 point for each area that is hypermobile (overly flexible). Max score is 9/9. Check only the boxes which score a 1.
Required
Beighton Score
Beighton Score Demonstration
What does this mean?
If any joint(s) appear hypermobile, tell your pediatrician. Hypermobility predisposes an athlete to injury of that joint. The good news is that the muscles around the joint can be strengthened with the proper training.
Shoulder Range of Motion - take a picture from the rear *
1. Left over the top and right under. 2. Right over the top and left under.
Required
What does this mean?
Both hypermobility and decreased mobility predispose an athlete to injury. The good news is that (almost always) this can be corrected with the right exercises.
1 Leg Balance - close eyes and balance on 1 leg for 20 seconds *
Have your child stand on one leg with his/her eyes closed for 20 seconds on each leg. Check all that apply. Make sure you stand close and spot your child so they do not fall.
Required
What does this mean?
This screening is important as both a baseline (for concussions) and as a general measure of balance. One leg balance is critical for both injury prevention and performance.
Squat - Take a video (slow motion setting if you have it) of your child *
Have your child squat up and down several times. Look at the knee and foot position. Check all that apply.
Required
Squat - Knee Collapse
What does this mean?
Poor squat mechanics dramatically increase the risk of injury. The good news is that is can be corrected with the right exercise program.
Step Down and Jump/Land - ACL (Knee) Injury Risk *
Have your child step off a 1 foot stool or simply jump up and down. Take video, in slow motion if available.
Required
ACL Injury Risk
What does this mean?
Poor jump and land mechanics dramatically increase the risk of injury. The good news is that is can be corrected with the right exercise program.
Can your child skip? *
Child Skipping
What does this mean?
If your child cannot skip this can significantly hamper sports performance.
Can your child hop? *
Have your child hop 5 times off each foot.
Child Hopping
What does this mean?
If your child cannot hop this can significantly hamper sports performance and increase chance of injury.
Can your child do a push-up? *
Push-Up errors
Push Up Tutorial
What does this mean?
If your child cannot perform a proper push-up, strengthening exercises are necessary.
Why is this screening process important?
As parents, we want our child to enjoy their sports experience. Unfortunately, few coaches are knowledgeable in the area of basic athletic development.

If your child has poor posture, hypermobile joints, weakness, and a lack of coordination, how are they going to both enjoy sports and become the best they can be? And the last thing we want for them is injury.

Contact us at: drstevenhorwitz@gmail.com or 214-531-7939 to start a proper athletic development program for your team or child.
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