The analytical portion of our care, as well as our complete integrated process, is very detailed to insure we are treating the real cause. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS®) is a ranking and grading system that documents 7 full-body movement patterns that are critical to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS® readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of training and conditioning and distort body performance. The FMS® generates an FMS® Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial exercises to restore movement patterns.
Functional Movement Screening and Corrective Exercise System
It seems more and more of today’s individuals are working harder to become stronger and healthier. These individuals are constantly working to improve their activities by increasing their flexibility, strength, endurance, and power. A tremendous number of athletes and individuals are performing high-level activities even though they are inefficient in their fundamental movements. Without knowing it, these individuals are putting fitness on dysfunction. These individuals create poor movement patterns, train around a pre-existing problem, or simply do not train their weaknesses during their strength and conditioning programs.
In today’s evolving training and conditioning market, athletes and individuals have access to a huge arsenal of equipment and workout programs; however, the best equipment and programs cannot produce results if the fundamental weaknesses are not exposed. The idea is to individualize each workout program based on the person’s weak link. This weak link is a physical or functional limitation. To isolate the weak link, the body’s fundamental movement patterns should be considered.
Most people will not begin strength and conditioning or rehabilitative programs by determining if they have adequate movement patterns. This makes it essential to screen an individual’s fundamental movements prior to beginning a rehabilitative or strength and conditioning program. By looking at the movement patterns and not just one area, a weak link can be identified. This will enable the individual, strength and conditioning coach, athletic trainer or fitness professional to focus on that area. If this weak link is not identified, the body will compensate, causing inefficient movements. It is this type of inefficiency that can cause a decrease in performance and an increase in injuries.
The Functional Movement Screen and Corrective Exercise System attempts to pinpoint these weak links and alleviate them. This system is a process that identifies the weak link in the movement pattern and then assigns exercises to correct it. When this is accomplished, the individual or athlete will have greater movement efficiency, which will lead to improved performance and hopefully a decrease in injury potential. This system consists of The Functional Movement Screen, Core Training and Reactive Neuromuscular Training.
The intended purposes of movement screening include:
- Identify individuals at risk who are attempting to maintain or increase activity level.
- Assist in program design by systematically using corrective exercise to normalize or improve fundamental movement patterns.
- Provide a systematic tool to monitor progress and movement pattern development in the presence of changing fitness levels.
- Create a functional movement baseline which will allow rating and ranking movement for statistical observation.
Screen – Risk / Classification / Grouping
Test – Ability / Function
Assess – Inability / Dysfunction