What is the Functional Movement Screen?
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an innovative functional movement grading system that documents patterns key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS assists in the identification of functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can cause chronic injury and reduce the recovery rate due to distorted body awareness. The goal of the FMS test is not to diagnose orthopedic problems but rather to seek out poor movement patterns with the intention to retrain the body to move in the most stable and efficient way possible.
The FMS test places the individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become apparent. The test consists of a series of simple tests that generate the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to identify patterns, giving a good baseline of abilities, and track progress through routine rescreening. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.
What are the benefits of the Functional Movement Screen?
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. 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.
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