Functional Movement Screening (FMS)

Functional Movement Screening (FMS), developed by physiotherapist Grey Cook, is used to identify limitations or asymmetries that can increase risk of injury.

The seven movement patterns tested require mobility and stability. Each movement is scored from 0 – 3 points, with the total score ranging from 0 – 21. Your Functional Movement Screen Score is used to target problems and create a baseline to track your progress as you follow a prescribed program of exercises to correct movement and build strength.

The seven movement patterns tested:

1.     Deep Squat

2.     Hurdle Step

3.     Lunges

4.     Leg Raises

5.     Pushups

6.     Rotary Stability

7.     Shoulder Mobility

8.     Other movements if necessary

Evaluation may also include assessment of posture and shoe wear patterns.

Originally designed to rank movement patterns in athletes, FMS is now widely available to anyone interested in improving their overall functional fitness. FMS is provided by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, and other exercise specialists. Contact your local health care provider for more information.





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