We recently released our new lighter version of The Performance Matrix, TPM Express. This complements our existing offering, TPM Pro, but users may be left questioning which version is best for them. In this article, I'll try to answer that question.
First some context. The ability to test movement online is an ever more valuable skill. Technologies have emerged that facilitate this service, with a range of platforms supporting ‘telehealth-type’ delivery. Adoption of telehealth has (as you might expect) also increased over the last year.
TPM Express: Rapid Testing. Professional Results
That's where TPM Express comes in. It was designed specifically to help clinicians make the move to online delivery, permitting practitioners to access the elite-sport grade testing of TPM via the application of only 4 tests rather than 10. This cuts testing down to about 15 minutes, simplifying the assessment process for online delivery while allowing time for prioritising of issues found, and for retraining ideas to be presented.
The tests still reveal the site, direction, and threshold of the movement pattern associated to performance deficits and clinical presentations. TPM Express also allows you to screen at both high and low thresholds. All for just £600 per license.
Online testing facilitated by TPM.
TPM Pro: Our Most Complete Solution
When might a practitioner want to go for Pro? Screening on TPM Pro takes a little bit longer, with 10 matrices, and costs a bit more but it also offers clinicians more options. TPM Pro features specific sports-relevant matrices, including sports relevant matrices, including for basketball, cycling, football and golf, so may be a better option for clinicians specialising in these fields.
It also includes the TPM Retraining catalogue, whereas TPM Express does not. This might make TPM Pro the better option for clinicians looking for more guidance on how to treat the risk associated movement pattern revealed during screening. To ensure TPM Pro users aren't missing out on anything, TPM Express is also included in their subscription.
Our Physiotec hosted retraining catalogue matches the site, direction, and threshold of each exercise to the deficits identified in the client’s report.
Education, Education, Education
As the developers of Kinetic Control, we understand how valuable the right training is to applying best practice in movement to your clinical practice. We have therefore made the decision to keep The Performance Solution e-learning in both versions of TPM. The 16 sessions of e-learning facilitate a successful integration of the tool into a performance or clinical setting, and do also provide some guidance on both exercise design and exercise delivery to ensure that TPM Express users are not completely without tools for movement retraining.
The Practitioner's Dilemma: Which TPM Is Right For Me?
The short answer is it depends how you want to use it. Practitioners looking for a rapid testing solution that is inexpensive and well-suited for telehealth delivery may benefit from TPM Express, whereas a clinician looking for additional screening options or the support with retraining included in TPM Pro may prefer that option.
If you need some help making up your mind, feel free to get in touch and I'd be happy to help. You can contact me at Lincoln.Blandford@comeragroup.co.uk.
Reporting on the characteristics of movement linked to a client’s performance deficits and injury risk.
Profiling progression; a change in movement efficiency is tracked, supporting client adherence and quantifying improvement.