Functional Movement Screen

Functional Movement Screen is a multi-part system used to evaluate the quality of a “movement pattern.” A movement pattern is defined as the way you move through space. Each person has their own movement pattern; some patterns are functional while others tend to make you more prone to injury, added muscle tension, and weakness. For this reason, The Functional Movement Systems screening process was created to gauge balance, stability, and mobility.The system works by asking patients to perform seven fundamental movements during which weaknesses and imbalances can be readily observed and measured.

The Seven Movements of a Functional Movement Screen Are:

Functional Movement Screen Tests

  1. Deep Squat – Assesses bilateral, symmetrical and functional mobility of the hips, knees, ankles, and shoulders.
  2. Hurdle Step – Assesses bilateral, symmetrical and functional mobility and stability of the hips, knees, and ankles.
  3. In-Line Lunge – Assesses torso, shoulder, hip, and ankle mobility.
  4. Shoulder Mobility Test– Assesses shoulder mobility.
  5. Active Straight Leg Raise – Assesses active hamstring and calf flexibility while addressing core and pelvic stability.
  6. Trunk Stability Push-up – Assesses core stability.
  7. Rotary Stability Test– Assesses core stability while moving in different directions.

How Does FMS Prevent Injuries?

It is important to note that if these seven screens cannot be performed without pain, you should be evaluated by a health professional in order to have your specific problem assessed. On the other hand, just because you can do these activities without pain doesn’t mean that you are not at risk for injury. The purpose of the screen is to identify asymmetries, or differences in your function from side to side. The number one predictor of injury is the history of a previous injury; however, the second largest predictor of injury is asymmetry in movement, strength, or flexibility. Therefore, if we can identify the asymmetry, you can fix the issue and decrease your likelihood of injury. It costs much less money and time to prevent an injury than it does to rehabilitate an injury that has already occurred.

Who Else Uses Functional Movement Screening?

Functional Movement Systems screenings are utilized by several top professional and college sports teams, as well as a host of government agencies, private industries, and noted medical facilities. These organizations understand that it costs more to rehabilitate a team member following an injury than it does to prevent the injury from occurring in the first place. Here are a few of the organizations currently utilizing the functional movement screens:

  • Anaheim Mighty Ducks
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • BYU
  • Chicago Bears
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Cooper Institute
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Montreal Canadians
  • New York Jets
  • Oakland Raiders
  • Orange County Fire Department
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Secret Service
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • United States Government
  • University of Georgia
  • United States Military
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin
  • …many others