What is a Functional Movement Screen?

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Q: Who should sign up for a Functional Movement Screen?

A: Anyone trying to improve their overall health and performance. 

Q: What can I expect?

A: A 15 minute screen done by a Certified License Professional where you will receive a score resulting in customized exercise plan with personalized recommendations.

Q: How much does it cost?

$100 for a screen and individualized program. We are holding complimentary screenings Saturday, November 16th fro, 1 pm - 4pm at our Forest Hill Location. Register in advance here

Background Information:

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) if a tool developed by Cook and colleagues in 1997 to help clinicians and health care professions screen individuals for risk of injury and / or a dysfunctional or performance-limiting movement pattern. 

The FMS aims to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during seven fundamental movement patterns. These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized. Once these deficiencies have been identified through the FMS, a program of corrective exercises is then developed with the goal of preventing musculoskeletal injuries.

The FMS consists of seven movement patterns which require mobility and stability. The seven following movement patterns are scored from 0-3 points, with the sum creating a score ranging from 0-21 points.

  1. Deep Squat 

  2. Hurdle Step 

  3. In-line Lunge 

  4. Active Straight-leg Raise 

  5. Trunk Stability Push-up 

  6. Rotary Stability 

  7. Shoulder Mobility

Intended Population

The FMS was intended to serve as a screen to identify individuals with functional movement deficits that could indicate an increased risk of injury. Use in the literature varies from young, active individuals to middle-aged individuals, elite, collegiate and professional athletes, as well as military and firefighters. A lower FMS scores have been noted to be associated with an increased BMI, increased age, and decreased activity level.



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