The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a pre-participation screening tool designed to identify compensatory movement patterns causing increased injury risk.
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) consists of seven different tests to assess movement patterns which are thought to be the fundamental movement patterns or foundations of human movement.
The FMS can identify people who are at risk of injury, and by correcting these faulty movement patterns can alleviate injury and even improve performance.
The FMS grounds itself in the premise that athletes express general motor programs and sport specific motor programs. General programs form the basis of specific programs, so if general or fundamental movement patterns are faulty, the specific ones will likely be faulty as well.
These faulty movement patterns or compensatory movement patterns can be due to or lead to: tight or weak muscles, faulty coordination (motor control) issues, and aberrant movements
These faulty movement patterns or movement asymmetries cause mechanical stress resulting in cumulative microtrauma and thereby injuries. So treat the cause and not the source.
By screening athletes through fundamental movement patterns, the FMS can quantify and qualify the athlete’s ability to perform and their propensity for sport-related injury.
Incorporating the FMS into you or your athlete’s normal physical exam can uncover weaknesses and imbalances that make you prone to injury and reduce performance but more importantly it can allow us to help you or your athlete avoid a season-ending injury and optimize athletic performance.
It’s all about prevention!