FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening tool used to evaluate seven fundamental movement patterns in individuals with no current pain complaint or musculoskeletal injury. The FMS is not intended to diagnose orthopedic problems but rather to demonstrate opportunities for improved movement in individuals.
WHAT THE FMS ADDRESS?
The FMS can address the following:
If you are struggling with recurrent sports injuries
Strength and flexibility issues that haven’t improved in the gym
Suffering with persistent work related aches & pains, headaches & tight muscles in your neck/shoulders
Not performing as well in sport following a previous injury
It can be used to identify functional deficits related to proprioceptive, mobility and stability limitations.
If these risk factors can be identified and addressed using the FMS, then a decrease in future injury and improved performance should follow.
WHEN TO USE THE FMS?
The FMS can be used to identify problems that might not be identified during an ordinary physio appointment or evaluation.
These issues include muscle flexibility, strength imbalances or compensation due to previous injury and are recognised risk factors for future injury.
The FMS can also be used to re-screen for feedback every 4-6 weeks or when an improvement is seen in the priority movement pattern.
Re-screening provides feedback into the effectiveness of the current program design and provides insight on how and when to move to higher level progressions or a new priority movement pattern.