Put simply, the Functional Movement Screen (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.
We will 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.
Safety – The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform certain exercises so that realistic goals can be set and achieved. Research shows that asymmetries and movement dysfunction can increase the risk of injury by 3.5 times, making the screening process a critical step for preventing injury.
Standardization – The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provide a means to measure performance. The Functional Movement Screen score can be tracked over time to show progress in your movement patterns.
Corrective Strategies – The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.
Below are some of the common issues we see and hear about that the FMS and corrective exercise may help with:
• Shoulder pain or tightness
• Knee pain
• Low back pain
• Complex CrossFit movements like the kipping pull up, overhead squat and the Olympic lifts.
• Instability during one arm or one leg exercises
• Lingering athletic injuries
We use a shortened version of the FMS screen to assess everyone who completes our Introduction Session prior to becoming a member. This provides us with instant knowledge of your movement patterns and any movement dysfunction you may have so we can create an exercise strategy to keep you safe and consistently improving.
We also offer the full screen prior to preparation of a custom strength program or corrective exercise program for those who are looking to improve their movement patterns.
Please use the contact form below to begin – all we need is your name and an e-mail address! FMS screens are scheduled in two sessions; the first session will include the screen and the second session will include the corrective exercise strategy developed as a result of your screen (if desired). The initial FMS screen will take between 30 and 45 minutes considering your initial intake and the screen itself. The second session will take up to 60 minutes to review the exercise strategy.