FMAT-UE: FMAT Upper Extremity

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FMAT-UE: FMAT Upper Extremity
Functional MobilizationTM  for Athletic Trainers (FMAT)
A biomechanical approach to Soft Tissue Mobilization 

Prerequisites: None

Required Equipment:  None

Functional Mobilization™ (FM) trains the athletic trainer in a systematic integration of soft tissue and joint mobilization with the dynamic principles and procedures of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) for mobilization, stabilization, and neuromuscular reeducation. The Functional Mobilization™ approach is an integrative treatment approach to assess and manage the interrelationship of the kinetic chain and the neuromuscular system. This approach presents concise strategies for the evaluation of each movement segment for its mechanical condition and neuromuscular function. This course presents a step-by-step assessment and treatment approach for the soft tissues and articulations of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist.  Instruction will emphasize the treatment of both hypomobile structures and the stabilization of hypermobile segments with prolonged holds to promote activation of the core muscle’s contraction.

Participants will:

  • Develop specific fascia layer palpation skills to assist in soft tissue mobilization of dysfunctional tissue.

  • Perform Functional Soft Tissue Mobilization techniques as an integrated component of the Functional Manual Therapy® system for the upper extremity kinetic chain

  • Develop specific Functional Mobilization™ progression strategies to enhance functional capacity of the shoulder, elbow, wrist.

  • Develop competence in orthopedic assessment and treatment of focus areas: shoulder, elbow, wrist.

Instructor Note
The instructors advertised for the course are the intended instructors. The final number of instructors will be determined by course enrollment. Every effort is made to hold the course with the scheduled instructors. Course refunds or transfers will not be granted based on a change of instructors. Please note there may be instructor changes without prior notice.

Multiple instructors are scheduled for each course. However, the actual number of instructors at a course will be determined by final enrollment.

2 Days, 16 Hours. (Approved CEUs by BOC)

No break food will be provided during FMAT courses.  We suggest you bring a water bottle and feel free to bring your own snacks

Athletic Trainers 

Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

Each attendee is expected to attend all hours of instruction to receive a certificate of completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the Directors.

Lab Clothing
Lab clothing is required Saturday through Sunday. Each participant's body must be accessible for observation and treatment. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. A sweat suit is advisable between demonstrations, as temperatures may vary in the room.
Women: Two-piece swim suit or halter top / sports bra and shorts.
Men: Shorts or swim trunks.
ALL: Warm-up suits or other clothing worn over the above described attire is advised to ensure comfort between demonstrations.

Course Preparation
This workshop is quite demanding and intense.  Please come prepared and rested.  Have your fingernails clipped back and filed as some techniques require fingertip pressure.  Review your basic anatomy of the trunk muscles, joints and fascia.  You will need this foundation readily available to apply the principles and procedures taught. Be sure to complete the required course preparation listed above.

Required Reading
Bibliography - Participants are required to review the FMAT Bibliography and read any article(s) they are unfamiliar with prior to taking the course.

Recommended Reading

Gray's Anatomy, English Edition: The section on connective tissue.
Trail Guide to the Body.  4th Edition.  Biel, Andrew, Books of Discovery: 2001., 800-775-9227 or
Anatomy Trains.  Myers, Thomas W.  China:  Churchill Livingstone, 2001.

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