Functional Movement Assessment

What is it?

Put simply, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.

The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

What does FMS do?

The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved – individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians.

  • Communication. The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.
  • Evaluation. The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.
  • Standardization. The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.
  • Corrective Strategies. The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) examines seven fundamental movement patterns that make basic function possible. These movement patterns include:

  • Deep Squat
  • Hurdle Step
  • Inline Lunge
  • Shoulder mobility
  • Active Straight Leg Raise
  • Trunk Stability Push-Up
  • Rotary Stability

The FMS is best utilized near the end of a rehabilitation program when pain is no longer present. The results may then be used to prescribe a post-rehabilitative exercise program as well as supplemental exercises to be utilized alongside a previously established strength or fitness routine. To learn more about how a Functional Movement Screen may help you achieve optimal motion, contact The Fit Institute to determine how testing may best serve you.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment:

The Selective Functional  Movement Assessment (SFMA) is used to identify specific movement limitations that give you pain. This detailed assessment is used to find which movement patterns are dysfunctional in the body and helps determine why pain is present in the body.

To learn more about how a Functional Movement Screen may help you achieve optimal motion, contact The Fit Institute at Chicago, IL to determine how testing may best serve you