Smart coaches know that you shouldn’t build strength upon dysfunction. As such, I intend to implement a comprehensive program of corrective exercises for my sumo athletes. The first step in establishing my corrective exercise program will be the administration of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to all of my athletes. Athletes that do not score a perfect “3” in all of the FMS tests will be diverted from their regular training regimen into one of several corrective exercise groups. Only when the athletes have demonstrated proficiency with the FMS tests and eliminated any unique individual asymmetries, will they be allowed to resume their regular sumo training and enter my strength and conditioning program. It is my hope that after twelve weeks of dedicated corrective exercise all of the athletes will be fit for the demands of training for competition. While I realize that this does NOT reflect the intended use of the FMS by its creator Gray Cook, I think it makes a lot of sense to focus entirely upon corrective exercise until the athletes are able to “ace the test” and move without dysfunction while eliminating any asymmetries.
It should be noted that the post above was part of an April Fools’ Day prank. I was not serious. 🙂