The DWMA Frankenstein is a single movement screen that examines the following kinetic chain joint segments:
- Hip Extension
- Hamstring Extension
- Ankle Stability
TIP #1: Observe the balancing leg, in particular, hip extension and the ankle. If you observe the athlete bending the balancing leg or rising on the toe to achieve leg height, the athlete will need to incorporate the kinetic chain hip mobility and ankle mobility corrective exercises.
MOVEMENT SCREEN INSTRUCTIONS
The next dynamic movement assessment is a single movement I call Frankenstein. As the athlete performs this movement, observed leg swing height and the athlete’s ability to extend and maintain a straight leg while balancing and reaching the extended leg in an opposite hand, opposite foot, hip flexing motion. Specifically, we want to observe hamstring extension, hip flexion, and hip extension on the opposing or balancing leg. If the athlete’s range of motion is restricted, and are not able to freely swing the leg up and down with control, they will likely need to perform the suggested hamstring mobility exercises in combination with hip mobility exercises described in the kinetic chain corrective exercises video. Finally, during this movement assessment, we want to observe the soleus extension and ankle strength and mobility. If the athlete’s heel raises during the zenith of the leg swing, or if they demonstrate excessive ankle instability, it’s recommended the athlete be assigned ankle mobility and strengthening exercises illustrated in the kinetic chain corrective exercises video.