TPTI Sends 50 PTs and Performance Coaches to SFMA Course

Tidewater Physical Therapy, Inc. (TPTI) is pleased to announce 50 of their clinicians attended the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) certification course hosted in Newport News.

These clinicians focused on learning the systematic approach of the SFMA which concentrates on a movement based strategy for evaluating patients. The SFMA is distinct from a traditional physical therapy evaluation, in that, it involves assessing the whole body as opposed to just the affected area.

“Physical therapists typically already incorporate components of the SFMA in our exam. We do evaluations by looking at active and passive movement, mobility and stability. The SFMA is just a very specific way of doing an evaluation,” said Karen Kovacs, PT, OCS, and Clinical Director at the Tidewater Physical Therapy Clinic at Gloucester Point.

The methods taught at the course provide another strategy for TPTI’s clinicians and coaches to find the sources of pain and determine where the underlying causes rest in the patient’s body.

“The SFMA is particularly useful for athletes, actively aging adults, and as a baseline for an annual musculoskeletal exam” said Kovacs. “Much like an annual tune up of your car, a physical by a primary care doctor, or teeth cleaning by the dentist, your physical therapist keeps a watchful eye on how you are moving over a period of years.”

For further information about SFMA, visit or get directions to the Tidewater Physical Therapy location near you here.

Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy, making them available to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription from a physician.