UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL
Mastering the fundamental movements are the key to avoiding injury. These fundamental movements can also be referred to as our baseline of function. Oftentimes, as we grow older and begin to become more sedentary we lose sight of the fundamental movements that we developed when we were younger. It is through the loss of mobility, stability, and balance that we begin to find deficits in our fitness levels causing asymmetries in our movement patterns and as a result, we either become injured or assume that the activity isn't for us.
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening tool used to evaluate seven fundamental movement patterns in individuals with no current pain complaint or musculoskeletal injury. The FMS is not intended to diagnose orthopedic problems but rather to demonstrate opportunities for improved movement in individuals. The screen is designed to place an individual in extreme positions where movement deficits become noticeable if appropriate stability and mobility are not used. Even though individuals are performing an activity or sport at a high level, it has been observed that many of these same individuals are limited in fundamental movement. This leads to the use of compensatory movements in order to achieve or maintain the level of performance needed for the activity. The inefficient use of compensation during movement will lead to poor biomechanics that limit gains in performance and reduces the body’s ability to remain adaptable and durable against the risks of being involved in the activity or sport.
The FMS Assessment can be used to help predict injury in athletes by helping us determine deficits that may be overlooked during the traditional medical and performance evaluations. Muscle flexibility, strength imbalances or compensation due to previous injury are all acknowledged as significant risk factors for injury. In many cases, the FMS will pinpoint these issues that may not be identified in other standard evaluations. The functional movement screen will identify functional deficits related to proprioceptive, mobility, and stability limitations. If these risk factors can be identified and addressed using the FMS, then decreases in injuries and improved performance should follow.