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Athletic Therapy is now at Coastal Fitness

Functional Movement Systems....why?  

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) has been around now for almost 20 years.  It has become known as the standard for screening both athletes and non athletes to check to see if they have the movement competency necessary to begin a training/fitness program.   However, it is not as well known that the FMS is just part of a bigger system called Functional Movement Systems.  Functional Movement Systems helps to unify the fitness and performance/fitness training world with the medical and therapy world.    Often times therapists and fitness/strength coaches  do not see eye to eye.  This happens in pro sport and it happens in everyday clinics and gyms around the country.  The therapist thinks the strength/fitness coach is doing too much and the strength coach/trainer thinks the therapist is doing too little.  This should not be thecase.  In fact, it is vital that these two professionals work together.  Functional Movement System provides a common language and agreed upon criteria of movement necessary to start training.    

Currently here at Coastal Fitness the Functional Movement Screens job is to identify if basic movement causes pain and if there is a enough movement competency to start training.   If pain or movement dysfunction is identified in the movement screen then the logical next step is to find out why and start building a plan of action to deal with these findings.  If pain is present then this means an assessment needs to be done by a therapist.  It is very helpful if this therapist understands the medical model that is part of Functional Movement Systems called the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).  This allows for a common language between the Strength coach and the therapist.  It is also even more helpful when this step takes place under one roof to expedite the process.  Coastal Fitness is taking this bold step to include in house an experienced therapist to work hand in hand with the strength/fitness coaches to help build resilient, strong, and powerful members.

Darren understands the active individual and thier fitness pursuits.  Having a therapist and his recommendations directly affect the fitness programming each member is recieving will facilitate a faster road to moving, feeling, and performing better. Athletic therapy scope of practice is quite large and includes muskoskeletal injuries and movement impediments.  

Darren will be taking the upstairs office as a treatment room, but expect to see him out on the floor working with individuals on varius drills, exercises and corrective movement patterns.
Treatment is  in depth and thourough, therapy sessions with Darren last an hour.  Expect homework, as well corrective movement and exercises that will be integrated into your fitness plan.

Over the coming weeks we will be launching the ability to book therapy sessions through the Coastal website.  Of course come Feb 1/2015 (Darren's start date) you can call the gym at 604-371-4155 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a time.  Athletic therapy is covered my many extended medical plans.  Check your individual provider for details on reimbursement.  


We will be providing more details on the website in coming weeks, in the mean time feel free to ask Ryan at the facility any questions you may have regarding the therapy integration.   


Darren's Bio. 


Originally from Toronto, Darren was hired  by the Montreal Canadiens as the first full time Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club (the Montreal Canadiens' AHL affiliate). For 6 years Darren assisted in the athletic development of the Montreal Canadiens top prospects on a daily basis and every summer during the Canadiens annual summer camp.  Most recently, Darren was hired as the Director of Performance Conditioning at Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby.  In this capacity, Darren lead a Strength and Conditioning staff and worked with numerous athletes.


Darren earned an Honours Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and a Certificate in Athletic Therapy from York University. Upon graduation, Darren was certified by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) as an Athletic Therapist, and by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. 

Post graduation, Darren has furthered his knowledge through internships and seminars in Olympic lifting technique, speed and agility training, soft tissue release, muscle energy, mulligan mobilizations, Functional Movement Screen (FMSTM), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMATM) and reconditioning athletes. 

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