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What is Functional Movement Screening?

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) was created by physical therapist Gray Cook as a means to evaluate an individual’s mobility, movement patterning, core stability, and neuromuscular coordination. The screen consists of seven tests which correlate to movement patterns that occur during everyday life, sports, and training. An impairment or imbalance in any of these patterns can decrease an individual’s function and performance and can increase their risk of injury.
The FMS is part of a bigger system called the Functional Movement System that includes the FMS, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Y Balance Test (YBT). When considered together, these assessment tools create a powerful algorithm that incorporates a smooth transition from clinical care to training and vice versa.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is the Movement Screen for?
This program is designed for healthy individuals who are looking for an active approach to optimize their bodies, and avoid injuries and chronic pain. The FMS system has been used for civil service workers, armed forces, and professional sports teams.
2. How long does it take and what do we do?
A session is approximately 30-45 minutes.
During the session you will be asked to perform a series of simple movement patterns to assess your function. Based on your results, you will be given a specific Corrective Exercise program to address your needs.
3. Who is qualified to implement the FMS system?
The FMS screening can be used by any trainer or therapist who is certified. Certification is gained through a workshop and a passing score on the online exam. (The SFMA can only be performed by a licensed therapist.)