Our healthcare landscape is ever changing, but one constant is that most people want good health. Understanding and utilizing the Functional Movement Screen™ 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™ or FMS™ for short was developed by Gray Cook, Lee Burton et al as they combined innovation with 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 14 or above as research has demonstrated risk of injury is more prevalent at 13 or below. Pain on any of the seven movement patterns requires a more detail assessment – like the SFMA™.
Health and exercise professionals need to undergo certification to officially administer the FMS™. The screen is designed to show movement limitations or left/right asymmetries that could increase your risk of injury. The screening results lead our doctors to prescribe specific corrective exercises based on individual deficits. The initial screen establishes a baseline for functional movement that is simple for all involved to understand, address, and most importantly monitor progress. Everyone involved in the case is able to speak the same language about the movement seen (FMS™ trained physicians, other licensed medical professionals, and exercise professionals).
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 this year by scheduling your Functional Movement Screen™ today.