Injury prevention is a key component of what Exercise Physiologists (EP) try to help with on a daily basis. As an EP, I recently attended a workshop that was composed of learning injury prevention techniques that involve a human’s primal movements – Movements that are ingrained in us from when we are a baby. These movements can develop differently and change as we grow older, however, they are always a staple component of how we move at any given moment throughout our life.


The primary movement patterns we use on a daily basis are:

  • Push patterns
  • Twist patterns
  • Pull patterns
  • Gait patterns (walking)
  • Hinge patterns
  • Squat patterns
  • Lunge patterns

Whenever we are performing any kind of activity of daily living (ie., getting in/out of a car; throwing and catching; or running), we are producing a combination of any of the 7 movement patterns listed above.

Rhys Jones
PsychPhys® Exercise Physiologist