Functional Movement Screen

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an assessment technique used to identify asymmetries in the body that result in functional movement deficiencies. By identifying movement flaws and compensatory patterns, we are able to identify potential breakdowns of the kinetic chain, which may be causing inefficient movements and potential micro-trauma, which may in turn lead to injury or pain. The FMS aims to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during 7 functional movement patterns. These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized. Once these deficiencies have been established through the FMS screen, a program of corrective exercises is developed with the goal of preventing musculoskeletal injuries. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. It provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of the symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility or stability problem. The FMS is used as a movement screen by many professional sports organizations, College and High School teams, the US Military, athletic clubs and Physiotherapy Clinics. The research has proved it is an effective tool in helping to predict athletes at risk of injury, reducing the time individuals spend on injured reserve lists and improving the functional and sport specific performance of individuals trained using the corrective exercise strategies.