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What is FMS?

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the product of an exercise philosophy known as Functional Movement Systems. This exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research.

How it Works – Simplifying Movement

We all want the most efficient exercise plan that targets are greatest weaknesses and flexibility issues and having a Functional Movement Screen performed can give you these answers. This is a great test for athletes from middle school to senior years! The test is sensitive to pick up motor control issues needed to safely excel in sports and lack of flexibility patterns that will make you more likely to suffer an injury.

Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.

The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual. Below are the 7 tests and they have to be done as instructed and a trained professional can pick up the sometimes subtle and sometimes obvious issues of muscle tightness, weakness, or coordination.

Injuries that were once seen mostly in active adults are now occurring more frequently with children. In a time when young athletes are more likely to specialize in one sport and participate year-round, youth sport participants are more prone to injury than ever. As many as 28% of football players in organized sports will sustain an injury between the ages of 5 and 14.
One key in injury treatment and prevention for youth is early recognition. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS), is frequently used as a baseline to assess injury risk by identifying key risk factors.

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