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What are the most important tests for combat sports?

Assessing an athlete’s natural and habitual movement patterns are the most important tests to be performed. The repetitive movements in combat sports such as punching, kicking, pummeling and ground work seem to cause mechanical chaos over the major muscle groups (chest, back, shoulders and legs). If ignored, this may cause excessive tightness, knots, and altered movement resulting in injury. Assessments such as gait pattern assessment (walking) and an overhead squat test (athlete squats with arms extended over the head) allow the professional to document any movement impairments.

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