The ability to move freely in your life, to complete daily activities without limitations or risk of injury, is at the heart of what it means to have functional movement. This means different things to different people, but having a baseline of what your functional movement capabilities are and how you can improve it is important to everyone. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an excellent tool to evaluate fundamental movement patterns in individuals and demonstrate opportunities for improved movement.
Completing an FMS screening assessment with a certified professional gives you the opportunity to see firsthand what your balance, stability, and mobility are during the seven movement patterns it tests. The screen is designed to place an individual in positions where deficits become noticeable if appropriate stability and mobility are not used. At the completion of the screen, you will receive a score and exercises specific to your results, indicating things you can do to improve your functional movement.
Who would benefit from an FMS Screen? Anyone interested in learning ways to:
Improve how you move and feel
Reduce your risk of injury
Improve activity or sport performance
Who is the FMS Screen not for? The FMS is not intended to diagnose orthopedic problems or for individuals with a current musculoskeletal injury. It's best to seek advice from your doctor or physical therapist regarding those concerns. Once cleared to exercise though, the FMS is a great tool to assess mobility and function as you get back into activity following an injury. It can also identify ways you can minimize future risk of injury by improving your movement patterns.