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The Functional Movement Screen
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening tool used to evaluate seven fundamental movement patterns in individuals with no current pain complaint or musculoskeletal injury. The FMS is not intended to diagnose orthopedic problems but rather to demonstrate opportunities for improved movement in individuals. The screen is designed to place an individual in extreme positions where movement deficits become noticeable if appropriate stability and mobility are not used. Even though individuals are performing an activity or sport at a high level, it has been observed that many of these same individuals are limited in fundamental movement. This leads to the use of compensatory movements in order to achieve or maintain the level of performance needed for the activity. The inefficient use of compensation during movement will lead to poor biomechanics that limit gains in performance and reduces the body’s ability to remain adaptable and durable against the risks of being involved in the activity or sport.
What To Expect
Use the functional motor screen to determine your current level of movement quality.
Correct your patterns
Apply custom programming to improve your movement baselines.
Train at a higher level, return to activity faster post-rehab, enjoy a better quality of life!
The FMS Assessment can be used to help predict injury in athletes by helping us determine deficits that may be overlooked during the traditional medical and performance evaluations. Muscle flexibility, strength imbalances or compensation due to previous injury are all acknowledged as significant risk factors for injury. In many cases, the FMS will pinpoint these issues that may not be identified in other standard evaluations. The functional movement screen will identify functional deficits related to proprioceptive, mobility, and stability limitations. If these risk factors can be identified and addressed using the FMS, then decreases in injuries and improved performance should follow.
Here are just a few of the research studies that help confirm the reliability of the FMS Assessment.
A study performed by Butler et al., 59 college football players were assessed using the lower extremity Y-Balance Test (YBT) and researchers found that those players who scored below 89.6% composite reach on the YBT were 3.5x more likely to get injured.
In a similar prospective study of 100 males and female collegiate soccer players, players with an anterior reach asymmetry were 6x more likely to sustain a lower extremity injury.
A study performed by Mayer et al. and Boyle et al tested athletes at 6-9 months post-op ACL reconstruction using the Y-balance test (YBT) and Functional Movement Systems (FMS). Test results both indicated that many displayed deficits with testing even though many of the athletes had been "cleared" to return to sport. Indicating that both the YBT and FMS can serve as an objective tool that can be used to evaluate a patient's readiness to return back to sport after ACL reconstruction.
How It Works
Interpreting Screen Results and Intervention within the FMS there is an algorithm or procedure for addressing the asymmetries and restrictions found in the screen. The algorithm allows us to quickly identify and prioritize deficient movement patterns. Once the priority movement pattern has been identified, this allows for targeted intervention using corrective exercise. If an individual has no areas of concern within a movement pattern then they would be cleared to train and load that pattern. This provides an appropriate movement baseline for further physical capacity and performance testing, such as the Y-Balance Test. If an individual has pain during the screen, the individual should be referred out to a healthcare professional for a Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The SFMA is a total body diagnostic system designed to provide an efficient method for systematically finding the cause of the patient’s pain, not just the source.
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Learn More About the Functional Movement Screen at our FREE Workshop
Join us for our free online FMS workshop on Friday, October 30th at 6 pm. Learn about the fundamentals of movement and understand how having a functional foundation is the key to unlocking better performance and improving movements in sports/exercise.
You can use the link below to sign up!