Functional Movement Screening

Functional Movement Screening


What the heck is a functional movement screening anyway? The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) was developed by Gray Cook and Lee Burton as a communication tool between both fitness and health professionals in 1995 as a way of measuring fundamental human movement patterns. Before they developed the FMS there was no systematic tool to identify functional asymmetry’s or major limitatios in functional movement patterns.  Most of the tests at that time were geared to athletic performance or specific skill performance. Gray and Lee felt that the fundamental human movement patterns were being left out of analysis. Research has demonstrated that right-left asymmetries and major limitations can increase injury potential and decrease functional effectiveness. Gray and Lee wanted to create a simple tool that would assess these movement patterns so they developed the FMS.

The FMS is a simple grading system used to assess fundamental human movement patterns and uncover any asymmetries. The screening is used to identify whether an individual has a baseline of movement that is acceptable and symmetrical. If you are training with poor movement patterns or asymmetries the risk of injury is increased and you are not training efficiently. Anyone can benefit from having a movement screening done, from athletes to desk jockey’s, most people have something that can be worked on and improved. We have had great success with our clients and athletes who have come in for movement screenings and most people are surprised with how effective a corrective strategy program can help improve their movement and performance. Once we have identified where the problem areas are we can than look at developing an individualized corrective strategy program to help our clients and athletes achieve their full potential.

Check out Celine Farley’s before and after results. Talk about a change for the better in her posture!

 During the screening process we look at seven movement patterns to identify any movement dysfunctions or asymmetries.

Functional Movement Screens

  1. Deep Squat(Functional Movement).  Assess bilateral, symmetrical and functional mobility of the hips, knees, and ankles.
  2. Hurdle Step(Functional Movement). Assess the bilateral functional mobility and stability of the hips, knees, and ankles.
  3. In-Line Lunge(Functional Movement). Assess torso, shoulder, hip and ankle mobility and stability, quadriceps flexibility and knee stability.
  4. Shoulder Mobility(Fundamental Mobility). Assess bilateral shoulder range of motion, combining internal rotation with adduction and external rotation with abduction.
  5. Active Straight Leg Raise(Fundamental Mobility).Assess active hamstring and gastroc-soleus flexibility while maintaining a stable pelvis and active extension of opposite leg.
  6. Trunk Stability Push up(Fundamental Core Strength). Assess trunk stability in the sagittal plane while a symmetrical upper-extremity motion is performed.
  7. Rotary Stability(Fundamental Core Stability).  Assess multi-plane trunk stability during a combined upper and lower extremity motion.

We recommend anyone starting a training program to have a screening performed, we offer different packages based on an individuals needs. If you have already had a screening done with us we recommend re-screening around every 6 months to make sure we are headed in the right direction. If you head over to our services page you can see more details on the packages available.

Moving isn’t important, until you can’t.– Gray Cook