The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a reliable, seven-step screening system, designed to rank movement patterns basic to the normal function of active people. By screening these patterns, a skilled professional will be able to identify, rate and rank movement limitations and asymmetries.
The screen consists of seven movements, which combine coordination, mobility and stability. As the client is put through these movement patterns, asymmetries and limitations are easily identified. Early identification of these issues can prevent future injuries. The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. A score less than 14 out of a possible 21 indicates a high risk for injury. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore normal movement patterns and reduce risk for injury.
The FMS is a screen designed for individuals who do not have a current pain complaint or a known musculoskeletal injury. The FMS has applications for those involved in athletics, the military, fire service, public safety, industries and other highly active occupations. The FMS is for healthy, active people and for healthy and inactive people who want to increase physical activity.