The Functional Movement Screen

The Functional Movement Screen is an innovative system used to evaluate movement and motion for clients and athletes. This screen also identifies muscle asymmetries, tightness, weakness and other risk factors for injuries by examining the mobility of stability of the hips, core, shoulders, knees, spine and ankles. 

How it works - Simplifying Movement

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. 

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 that include the following:

  • Deep Squat
  • Hurdle Step
  • In-Line Lunge
  • Shoulder Mobility 
  • Active Straight Leg Raise
  • Trunk-Stability Push-Up
  • Rotary Stability
Our 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. 

Darris Binion, CPT, FMS, PES from TuDor Physical Therapy Centers in Youngstown, Ohio demonstrates Functional Movement Screening (FMS)  on an athlete.

What Does FMS Do?

The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved – individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians. The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis. The Functional Movement Screen  quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercises and their sport so realistic goals can be set and achieved. 

For more information about FMS and/or to schedule an appointment please contact us today!