Functional Movement Screening

As an FMS student we are 100% committed to predicting and preventing injuries to our clients by using this Strategic approach and system.  We follow the proper screen testing that had been set forth by Gray Cook and his team on the FMS exercises philosophy. FMS decreases our clients chances of injury while improving their Kinetic Chain communication and their functional capability within the human movement.  Having this understanding helps us to design an effective exercise and weight loss program.  No matter our client’s fitness goals whether to lose weight, gain muscle, become more explosive, stronger, faster, or quicker the initial approach is still the same for addressing any muscle imbalances, movement deficiencies, and dysfunctions.  The objective is to optimize and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Our goal is to educate our clients on this unique approach and the understanding of functional movement, joint stability and mobility as the foundation and starting point of any successful program.

What Is FMS?

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the product of an exercise philosophy known as Functional Movement Systems.  This exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research.

The FMS is made up of seven tests that look at fundamental human movement.  The Functional Movement Screen is simply a way to allow one too see how clients who have elite strength, power, speed, agility and sport skills may have fundamental flaws that do not show up on a daily or sports specific movement.  These types of limitations lead to poor efficiency, potential for injury and decreased performance.  The Functional Movement Screen was designed to minimize unnecessary non-contact injuries currently sustained in our hobby sports on the court, field or our everyday normal but functional life.  The Functional Movement Screen includes seven tests that assess mobility and stability.  The screen is non-invasive and can be completed within 7-10 minutes per client.  The seven tests include:

  1. Body Squat
  2. Hurdle Step
  3. In-Line Lunge
  4. Shoulder Mobility
  5. Straight Leg Raise
  6. Push-up for trunk control
  7. Rotary Stability Test

A focal point of this program shows that significant limitations or right and left side imbalances exist in some individuals at very basic levels of movement.  These imbalances are often overlooked by the average person who may not be trained to recognize such limitations or imbalances.  The human body should be free of restrictions and free of imbalances prior to training, conditioning, competition, and fitness activities.  If clients exhibit limitations in right/left extremities it can drastically distort motor skill learning, movement perception, body awareness, and mechanics.  With this compensation in place individuals often learn to compensate and substitute with other movement patterns that can ultimately result in injury.

Benefits of the Screening

  • Helps to reduce the potential for training faulty patterns or injuries
  • Identifies physical imbalances or weaknesses within the Kinetic Chain
  • Allows faster application for designing a safe and realistic weight loss or performance enhancement training program
  • Can identify preventative pain, muscle adhesions and poor range of motion
  • Identifies current injury trends and stats as they relate to the prevention of non-contact injuries
  • Identifies potential cause and effect relationships of micro-trauma as well chronic injuries in relation to movement asymmetries