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Dr. Tucker is teaching FMS in Carlsbad, CA

Seminar/Event: FMS Level 1 Certification – Carlsbad, CA (FMS Professional, Level 1) Date: 3/23/2012 – 3/24/2012 Location: Carlsbad, CA
Foundation Health and Performance
5670 El Camino Real Suite F. Carlsbad, CA 92008 Map
Phone: 760-602-0262
Meeting Cost: $ 450.00 Kit Cost: $ 0.00 Total: $ 450.00
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The Core Training System is the product of years of research and innovation.

This System develops exercise programs based on individual movement

patterns. It is equally effective in rehabilitation as well as conditioning because it

targets the weak link. The System is made up of:

? Functional Movement Screen

? Core Training

? Reactive Neuromuscular Training.

Specifically, the Functional Movement Screen is a grading system created to

assess and document functional movement patterns. By assessing these

patterns, functional limitations and asymmetries are readily identified. Basic

movement pattern limitations can reduce the effects of functional training and

distort proprioception. The goal of this workshop is to introduce you and your

staff to the benefits of utilizing this orthopedic screening process since functional

movement patterns are the base for Core Training. At the heart of the system are

the Functional Movement Screen score and the movement patterns, which are

directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically

sound movement patterns.

Core Training is a series of exercises involving the Core Board, medicine ball,

and tubing, targeted specific athletic movement patterns. Reactive

Neuromuscular Training is the scientific platform for the Core Board exercises

and medicine ball work that will be presented.


At the conclusion of the course participants will be able to:

1. Assess fundamental movement patterns and determine weaknesses

2. Understand Functional Movement Screen Scoring System and how it pertains

to movement dysfunction

3. Determine mobility and stability problems within general population groups

4. Prescribe corrective exercise techniques which are designed to improve

fundamental movement mechanics

5. Develop a greater appreciation of the importance of assessing and correcting

movement pattern dysfunction

Tentative Outline for Core Training Systems Workshop


Day 1*

8:00-8:30 Welcome/Introduction

8:30-9:30 Philosophy/Background of Functional Movement Screen

9:30-10:15 Scoring Criteria of Seven Tests

• Discussion of Each Tests

• Description of why each test is important

• Relating each test to scores

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Scoring the Seven Tests

• Demonstration of Each Test

• Discussion of Equipment

• Description of Testing procedure

12:00-1:00 Break for Lunch

1:00-3:00 Lab- Scoring Check-Off/Analysis/Collecting Data

• Group Interaction with Everyone Performing Tests

• Groups Discussing Scores and Determining their Individual


3:00-4:30 Interpreting the Scores

• Linking Scores to Weak Links and Asymmetries

• Linking Scores to Exercise Progressions

Day 2

8:00-10:00 Exercise Philosophy and Case Studies

• Question and Answer Session

• Discussion of Exercise Progressions

• Linking FMS to Higher Level Exercise Progressions

10:00-12:00 Lab- Demonstration of Exercise Progressions

• Link FMS Scores of Each Test to Exercise Progressions

• Interaction of High Level Exercise Progressions

12:00-1:00 Case Studies/Question and Answer Session

• Problem Solving and Exercise Recommendations for Specific Scores

• Discussion of Exercise Progressions and Scores

• Describing Data Collection and On-going Research

Schedule subject to change


Functional Movement Screen is Part of Your Treatments

Muscle imbalance is a common problem for all of my patients. Most patients don’t even realise that muscle imbalance is what got them in trouble.

Muscle imbalance can be attributed to two changes in muscle function:

  • A tightening of the muscles which provide movement e.g. hamstring
  • The weakening the muscles that control movement/joint position e.g. the gluteals are the key stabiliser muscles around the hip joint

Changes in the function of these muscles cause muscle imbalance.

Normal movement is the key!

  • The limited range of motion can affect movement and place greater stress on the joints- this can also lead to injury!
  • The tightness in the muscle may inhibit the opposing muscle group through a process called reciprocal innervation.
  • Weakening the muscles that control movement significantly affect their endurance. This means they may not be able to function for as long a period as you require.

My job is to pin point the factors affecting your pain and/or performance. I use the Functional Movement Screen and provide corrective exercise to reduce the chance of injury.


Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

I use the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) on a daily basis in my Chiropractic practice to watch how clients move through the most basic and fundamental movements. The FMS helps me to determine the risk of injury a person has, and limitations of movements, and right and left side imbalances during movement. I like to use the FMS to establish a base-line score in my non-acute patients.
I have found it beneficial to test low load maneuvers and exercises (before using loads) first. This has provided me with an overall exercise prescription that 1) Establishes mobility first (Gray Cook & Lee Burton strongly teach this point). This involves mobilization, manipulation, teaching clients how to perform self myofascial release using the foam roll, Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS), stretch and lengthen, etc 2) Perform movements that recruit slow motor units. I make sure the stabilisers are working. The smallest muscles in the body need to contribute to holding spinal joints still while the arms and legs produce motion. It is better to use low load, or minimal load to primarily recruit slow motor units. Teaching patients the “primative” movement patterns are very useful here. All of this helps the spine to isometrically hold a position to sustain postural alignment or support functional trunk or limb load. I use exercises that  transition slow motor units to optimize rapid/accelerated movement and the production of high force or power. 3) I teach exercises that eccentrically control the return through range (limb lowering against gravity). 4) Control whatever functional range is available. Here the global stabilisers should demonstrate efficient control of both normal and hypermobile ranges of motion. Gray & Lee call this RNT (Reactive Neuromuscular Training). 5) Then I reevaluate the dysfunctional movement pattern found on the Functional Movement Screen to see if this made a positive change. If the movement pattern improves, my patient and I know we are on the right track, if the movement pattern did not improve, I need to rethink the corrective exercise prescription. All of this takes one on one time..worth it!


October 15, 2010 Newsletter

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October 15, 2010 

In This Issue
Perfecting Push Ups
Protein Bars
How We Sabotage Weight Loss

List of Upcoming Seminars

Dear Dr. Jeff,
Dr. Jeffrey Tucker

This month I taught a group of Physical therapists, Chiropractors, & personal trainers in San Jose, CA on the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). The FMS is seven tests that include a squat, hurdle step, lunge, shoulder mobility, active straight leg raise, push up & rotary stability test. The most recent research completed on the FMS was performed in Quantico, VA at the Marine Officer Candidate School. They screened over 900 Marines and followed them through basic training and found that the individuals who had a score > 14, were twice as likely to not graduate due to injury than those with higher scores. This goes right along with the previous research found in the NFL. Football players who scored less than 14 are more likely to be injured during the season. Are you at risk of injury from your workout? Come in for a Functional Movement Screen and find out!   

In this issue check out my favorite protein bars, and what I have to say about weight loss. 
Click on  so I can keep you updated on important and valuable health information. 
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please feel free to email Dr. Tucker at:

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Perfecting Push Ups 

Proper ‘push ups’ seem to be difficult for many clients, especially females. What I typically see is poor form – people let the hips sag as they raise and lower the body.

Perfect Your Form
1. When you’re in a pushup position, your posture should look the same as it would if you were standing up straight and tall. Your hips shouldn’t sag or be hiked, and your upper back shouldn’t be rounded.

2. Before you start, contract and stiffen your core the way you would if you had to zip up a really tight jacket or pair of jeans. Hold it that way for the duration of your set. This helps your body remain rigid-with perfect posture-as you perform the exercise.

3. It helps to push your hands through the floor and then lift up. This little technique helps you generate more power with every repetition.

Protein Bar Review
The UltraMeal Bar is like the UltraMeal medical food powder. These bars can be a meal replacement or a great snack. They help with weight loss and they support the management of conditions associated with metabolic syndrome such as obesity, insulin resistance, and altered body composition. I think they are delicious (that’s why I am writing about them), low glycemic, and contain heart healthy isoflavones, prebiotic fiber and inulin. Flavors include Apple Cinnamon, Lemon Zinger, Chocolate Banana, Chocolate Rasberry and my favorite Chocolate Fudge. Order UltraMeal Bars

ProteinFusion Bar is ideal for those who are trying to increase protein intake and limit their consumption of high glucose (sugar) producing carbs. These bars contain 20 grams of protein and only 3 grams of glucose impact carbs. They have 1 gram of sugar and 8 grams of fiber. Flavors include Double Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, and Peanut Butter Crunch.Order ProteinFusion Bar

ImmunoBar are my favorite tasting bar. It’s chocolate flavored and has 15 grams of high quality protein. Importantly, it has serum-derived immunoblobulins that support immunity against a broad range of pathogens such as E. Coli, H. pylori, and crytosporidiaand retrovirus.  Order ImmunoBars by calling XYMOGEN @ 1-800-647-6100 PIN # TUC500.


Common things we do to sabotage a weight loss program 

Your Significant Other

Every now and then I blame Maddy for buying “those cookies” (my favorite desert). Usually I’ll say something like this to myself, “I’ll just have one and that’s it”. Then one turns into five and it’s “her fault for buying the cookies” in the first place! Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that men and women usually gain 6 to 8 pounds in the first 2 years of marriage. All these years later, and for those of you that know Maddy (an awesome cook & all about  food), I’m doing pretty good. YOU have to take control of this situation. One of the best ways is to never lose that feeling of trying to please and impress your partner. If you showed up with a decent body when you met your partner – keep it that way! It is your choice – nice abs or a gut! Ask yourself, “Why am I eating?” Nervous? Bored? Habit? Ask your partner to stop bringing those binge foods into the house.


If one of you binges snacking on chocolate, ice-cream, or whatever, adopt a simple policy, “They can have it, but I won’t.”


Don’t ever stop your exercise routine, especially weight lifting. If you get into a time crunch, just do 10 minutes a day of exercise, but be intense about it. 


Our Own Kids


When you have kids it’s easy to shop for fast foods and junk food. How can you help from not eating some of it? One of my kids would always order french fries and who do you think would finish them. My daughter likes frozen yogurt so that became one of our outings together. One of my sons likes cookies too – I  guess I’m lucky my Happy Meal days are over. If I knew back then what I now know I never would have started with that one.

The kids are so active that a sugary snack will burn off of them quickly, but with us adults – think fat deposit! I’ve learned to choose better snacks – usually a protein. Lately I’m loving celery with salsa.


Not Getting Enough Deep Sleep


It’s simple – non-REM sleep inhibits production of growth hormone, which might lead to premature middle-age symptoms – abdominal obesity, reduced muscle mass and strength, and diminished exercise capacity. Be an adult and figure out your sleep.

Snack Ideas: Protein energy bar, or single-serving bags of almonds or cashews. Cool down with Italian ice (120 calories per cup) instead of ice cream (290 calories per cup).

Bonus: Order Metagenics UltraMeal Bars

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Please stay committed to your health, fitness and nutrition efforts.
Warm regards,

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker

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Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

The most recent research completed on the FMS was performed in Quantico, VA at the Marine Officer Candidate School. They screened over 900 Marines and followed them through basic training and found that the individuals who had a score > 14, were twice as likely to not graduate due to injury than those with higher scores. This goes right along with the previous research found in the NFL. This research is currently being written up for publication.


Dr. Tucker can teach the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

Are you afraid of getting injured (again)? Can you exercise or play sports without getting injured? (Find out with FMS)

You wouldn’t take your car out on the highway without checking out its basic roadworthiness. But that’s exactly what many men and women do when it comes to subjecting their bodies to the rigours of training for sport or competition. The ‘functional movement screen’ (FMS) developed by Gray Cook & Lee Burton is a great tool that I use in my practice to observe the way clients move when they squat, lunge, hurdle step, push up, perform a straight leg raise, and several other tests.

I’ve see many patients and athletes  who have performed high-level workouts and sports activities even though they were inefficient in their fundamental movements. They seemed able to get by with poor movement patterns, for example by training around a pre-existing problem, an asymmetry in movement, or more often than not, simply avoiding training their weaknesses!   These  potential weaknesses can cause an injury or allow a player to not work out at there full potential. 

I have been using the FMS during my evaluations of clients for several years. This summer I was invited by Gray Cook & Lee Burton to teach the FMS course to other practitioners, so that they too can use it as an evaluation tool in there practice.

The underlying premise is that we should all be working on developing quality of motion before quantity of motion. The FMS consists of seven tests that assess mobility and stability as an indication of a person’s functional status and injury risk.


Dr. Tucker appointed a faculty member to teach the FMS

What is the FMS?

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the product of an exercise philosophy known as Functional Movement. This exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research.

How it Works – Simplifying Movement

Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.

The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

What it Does – Widespread Benefits

The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved – individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians.

Communication – The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.

Evaluation – The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.

Standardization – The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.

Safety – The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.

Corrective Strategies – The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.

If you would like a FMS course for your local Chiropractic Society or State Association meeting, please contact Dr. Tucker @


Laser treatment

I use High Power Laser Therapy (7.5 watts). Laser stimulation has been shown to increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage while, at the same time, stimulating endorphin and enkephalin release for pain management. Stimulation with laser reduces inflammation, and promotes nerve regeneration.

High Power Laser Therapy has the ability to reach deep within the body when compared to Low Level Laser Therapy. Laser energy apperas to also biostimulate collagen and fibroblast growth.

I usually use the laser in combination with hands-on therapy and I often use the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) as well. Exercises are taught based on the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and squat evaluation.