The Structural Fingerprint® Exam looks at imbalances and restrictions in the human body. It begins with the feet and moves up the body to examine the relationship between the feet and all parts of the body above the ankles. The history of this exam goes back to 1995, when I took a high school athlete to the Chicago Bulls training center to be examined by Coach Al Vermeil, the head strength and conditioning coach at that time. Coach Vermeil has a unique resume, as he was not only the head strength coach for the Chicago Bulls during their six championship seasons, but he was also the strength coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 1989, when they won the Super Bowl. This makes Coach Vermeil the only person to win championships in two different leagues.
After spending three days with Coach Vermeil and his assistant, Coach Eric Helland (now the Chicago Bulls’ strength coach), I realized that the exam I was performing was way too medical and didn’t reveal much of the biomechanical information that an improved exam might. I combined the best parts of the coach’s exam with the best parts of mine, and the resulting exam became one of the top sports and biomechanical exams available in the U.S. Since 1995, my office has examined several thousand patients and amassed a significant amount of biomechanical data which will be available for research in the near future.