FMS – Functional Movement Screen

What is a functional movement screen?

FMS is an innovative screening tool to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.

The Functional Movement Screen is comprised of seven fundamental movement patterns that require a balance of mobility and stability.

What are the benefits?

These fundamental movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic loco motor, manipulative and stabilizing movements. The tests place the individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate stability and mobility is not utilized.

It has been observed that many individuals who perform at very high levels during activities are unable to perform these simple movements. These individuals should be considered to be utilizing compensatory movement patterns during their activities, sacrificing efficient movements for inefficient ones in order to perform at high levels. If these compensations continue, then poor movement patterns will be reinforced leading to inefficient or poor biomechanics and the possibility of injury.

The functional movement screen can help….

  • Identify physical imbalances, limitations, and weaknesses
  • Create a baseline for movement in order to mark progress
  • Restore and improve optimal movement required for fitness and  athletic performance
  • Create a completely personalized fitness plan
  • Individualize training and conditioning programs for specific results
  • Reliable and reproducible screen with specific markers for movement problems
  • Identify movement compensations which could help reduce the potential risk for training and sports injuries
  • Improve fundamental movement patterns with simple corrective exercises

Who can use the FMS?

  • Clients or patients who are wanting to increase their physical capacity
  • Clients or patients on discharge from treatment who are wanting return to their sport or activity
  • Athletes wanting to improve functional performance and reduce risk of injury
  • Sports teams wanting to improve athlete functional performance and reduce risk of injury rate and recurrence
  • Anyone looking to improve their movement capabilities in everyday life or activity

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