Certification in Applied Functional Science®
Created by the Internationally Recognized
Learn how to:
- Apply the principles and processes of functional science to your programs
- Create endless variations to assess and treat clients
- Breakthrough your clients plateaus and dead-ends
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For over 30 years, AFS has influenced and enhanced the entire movement industry. Today, the top practitioners of performance training, fitness conditioning, injury prevention, and injury rehabilitation utilize the principles and techniques of AFS when working with clients.
CAFS is the first certification of its kind that will empower you to assess your client's physical capabilities and limitations and then develop custom programs to help them achieve their goals.
- Personal Trainers
- Group Instructors
- Mind-Body Professionals
- Physical Therapists
- Athletic Trainers
- Strength & Conditioning Coaches
- Occupation Therapists
- Massage Therapists
- And much more!
- The Process of Applied Functional Science
- 10 Observational Essentials of All Movement
- The 8 Fundamental Movement Patterns
- Endless Movement Variables
- The Local/Global Movement Continuum
- Individualized program design using a four-step process
- Functional Movement Assessments
- Utilize Local and Global assessments and corrections for the following areas: Foot/Ankle, Knee, Hip, Lumbar Spine, Thoracic Spine, Cervical Spine and Shoulder.
CAFS is entirely online and can be completed at your own pace. Once enrolled, you will have access to the content for a period of three years.
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While many other organizations teach “function,” Gray Institute is both the authentic source and foremost authority.
Gray Institute originated with Gary Gray, referred to as the “father of function.” Gary’s ability to understand Human Biomechanics and look at the body as a Chain Reaction® launched a second-to-none institute known as Gray Institute.
CAFS has not only established the "truths" of human movement in a very logical and efficient way, it has seamlessly integrated those truths with a system that gives the movement practitioner a way to simplify the complexity. Even the practitioner that is competent in Applied Functional Science will acquire a structure to organize their knowledge base to better serve their clients and athletes. If a person is new to Applied Functional Science, CAFS establishes a "framework" that not only allows them to organize their AFS education, but gives them the opportunity to be effective at improving the function of the individuals they work with immediately.
MEd., CSCS, FAFS
Every aspect of the CAFS on-line course was incredible. It was organized on every level, from the outline to the very last video. I wanted to applaud you all for investing the man hours into developing a well thought out system for the applied functional sciences. I have always thought of myself as a movement professional but now this certification validates that with a formal curriculum and certification. The information explained in the course work will be something that I will continue to develop and share with everyone I encounter. I will gladly recommend this certification to my fellow collegiate strength and conditioning coaches that I encounter.
M.S., CAFS, CSCS, TPI I,II, USAW
I truly feel the CAFS Program is a necessity in the profession of personal training. A necessity that takes the guess work out of knowing which strategy to implement for each client. Through clear understanding of the 10 essential observational elements. The personal trainer takes his or her thought process into an enhanced skill set that builds upon an injury preventive foundation of fundamental truths. Making it easy for his or her client to achieve any desired level of fitness and giving the personal trainer the recognition of being able to organically think through the process. If you are a personal trainer, and ready to operate at a higher level, I strongly encourage you to take action and realize once you become educated in the knowledge of CAFS. The shape of your professional growth will be unlimited.
I just finished the CAFS program and it is terrific! Lenny Parracino and Pat McCloskey did an awesome job of systematically communicating very practical information.
This program takes the pressure and stressors off of traditional certifications (memorizing terms/anatomy/protocols) for individuals and places more understanding on how to apply movement to enhance lives.
Jay Morgan, FAFS