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Functional Movement Screen

What is Functional Movement Screen?

Movement screens involves a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s movement to identify risk factors that predispose them to injury.

With the results of your functional movement screen, your physical therapist will prescribe a personalized exercise program to work on weaknesses or restrictions to reduce your injury risk.

The most common screening tools are:

  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
  • Motion analysis via video recordings

What does the Functional Movement Screen systems (including SFMA) do?

Firstly, these screens are movement analysis frameworks that generates scores. These scores are used to target problems and track progress. Secondly, the scoring system guides the physical therapist to the most beneficial exercises for your movement limitations. These systems simplifies movement to allow for standardized evaluation and treatment of movement dysfunction. Additionally, they can be applied at any fitness level to simplify corrective exercises customized to the individual.

By looking at seven fundamental movement patterns, your physical therapist using the functional movement screen will generate your score and individualized treatment plan. These patterns are:

  • Deep Squat
  • Hurdle Step
  • Inline Lunge
  • Shoulder Mobility
  • Active Straight Leg Raise
  • Trunk Stability Push-up
  • Rotary Stability

In conclusion, the functional movement screen gives your physical therapist objective information to design their assessment. With this assessment, they will work with you to create a strengthening and mobility program to help you achieve your goals. In collaboration with your therapist, you'll be working to reduce your risk of injury so you can spend more time doing the things you love.


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