Review of Assess and Correct
Assess and Correct: Breaking Barriers to Unlock Performance is a resource put out by Bill Hartman, PT, CSCS, USAW, Mike Robertson, MS, CSCS, USAW, and Eric Cressey, MA, CSCS in 2009. As they say on the DVD cover, “this is the first product to empower athletes and fitness enthusiasts with not only a series of self-assessments to identify muscular imbalances; but, also exercise progressions to correct those inefficiencies.”
The resource includes:
- 27 dynamic self-assessments
- A Comprehensive Static Assessment Guide
- 78 corrective exercises for improving mobility and stability (based on the results of your self-assessment)
- A written collection of warm ups specific to certain athletic populations
- A complete guide to self-soft tissue work, and a rationale for it
Assess and Correct gives you 2 DVD’s. The first guides you through the 27 assessments, while the second demonstrates the 78 corrective exercises showing progressions from beginner to advanced. Both DVD’s have helpful visual and vocal coaching cues to bring your attention to what you should focus on in each assessment and corresponding correction.
Also included in the package are 4 e-books. The first is a 137 page manual that details all of the assessments and corrective exercises, the second is a 21 page resource of warm ups broken down by type of sport/activity, third is a guide to self-soft tissue work using foam rollers and other tools, and the fourth is a collection of stretches.
This resource would make a great addition to the learning library of any strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, coach, athlete, or active individual. I think it would be especially useful for coaches working with high school athletes, to heighten awareness of postural and developmental issues that can be addressed before they become injuries that lead to lost playing time. The $127.00 price of this resource will be recouped within the first several months that you use it with your clients.
For the seasoned ATC or PT, the first DVD is a review of the type of upper and lower quarter screen we use with patients already; yet, I found myself taking notes while I watched the second DVD, as I saw how to break down the exercises on a scale from beginner to advanced. It gave me some ideas of how to break a few exercises down for my patients with extremely tight muscles and/or balance issues.
All in all, this is a solid resource from three of the biggest names in the corrective exercise scene. I would recommend it to anyone looking to increase their knowledge of how to screen and correct issues that lead to nagging injuries if not properly addressed through training.
I am now an Affiliate for this resource. You can buy it through my website – see the sidebar and click on the Assess and correct icon.