Why you should get a Functional Movement Screen

June 25th, 2014
Why you should get a Functional Movement Screen

If you are looking to embark on a new fitness goal or begin a sport as the weather is warming up seeking out a Physical Therapist to put you through a Functional Movement Screen™.

The Functional Movement Screen™ or FMS™ for short was developed  by Gray Cook, Lee Burton, and colleagues as they combined innovation with science and evidenced-based research to create a standardized ranking and grading system that effectively and efficiently documents movement patterns critical to normal function. The FMS™ looks at 7 movement patterns (Deep Squat, Hurdle Step, In Line Lunge, Shoulder Mobility, Active Straight Leg Raise, Trunk Stability Push Up, and Rotary Stability) and grades them either a:

  • 3: performs correctly
  • 2: performs with compensation
  • 1: cannot perform
  • 0: pain present

An overall score of 21 is possible with the goal being 15 or above as research has demonstrated risk of injury is more prevalent at 13 or below.

Functional movement screen testing positions

Health and exercise professionals need to undergo certification to officially administer the FMS™. The screening process makes apparent any asymmetries or limitations which exist from left to right that could increase risk of injury with activity. The location of each client’s limitations or asymmetries allows the tester to customize specific corrective exercises based on individualized need to address the most significant deficits found. The screen fosters communication between physicians, licensed medical professionals, exercise professionals, and individuals as it establishes a baseline for functional movement and enables everyone to speak the same language about the movement seen. It is simple for all involved to understand, address, monitor, and progress.

Our healthcare landscape is ever changing, but one constant is that most people want good health.  Understanding and utilizing the FMS™ not only keeps you informed but puts you in a better position to take an active role in improving or maintaining your own health. It is used worldwide, including the NFL, NHL, the United States Marine Corps, and firefighters here in the United States.

The Functional Movement Screen™ is a wonderful injury prevention tool for active people of any age.  The screen itself takes 10 minutes or less to perform on one person yet the movement patterns elicit immediate information about motion, stability, balance, and proprioception that can be used to create customized treatment plans that help to lower your injury risk. Let’s face it, injuries are not only painful but inconvenient and costly. They can mean time off from work or being sidelined from sports or fitness activities. Make safety, good health, and increased activity a priority for 2014 by scheduling your Functional Movement Screen™ today.