Compensation Pattern

An alternative movement pattern that has been adopted to compensate for dysfunction/impairment in the human movement system. Example: A lack of calf extensibility may limit dorsiflexion, leading to the knees bowing inward (functional valgus) and excessive forward lean of the torso during a squat.

Related Terms

  • Movement dysfunction
  • Movement quality
  • Motor control
  • Joint mobility
  • Soft tissue extensibility


  • compensate
  • dysfunctional movement pattern
  • altered movement pattern