Functional Movement Screening

Functional Movement Screening (or FMS) – is one of the newer “buzz phrases” in the world of sports and rehabilitation. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS), designed by Gray Cook and Lee Burton, is an innovative system used to evaluate movement pattern quality for clients or athletes. Quick and simple in execution, all that is required for the FMS is the ability to observe basic movement patterns already familiar to the health care professional (i.e. physiotherapist, athletic therapist, chiropractor, trainer). Making this an even more valuable tool, is the fact that FMS allows professionals to assess movement patterns for individuals with an injury or pathology.

Sports Medicine has a number of staff trained in FMS, giving them the ability to recognize limitations or asymmetries in their clients with injuries or dysfunction, to determine individuals at a higher risk for injury. The Functional Movement Screen provides a therapist with an evaluation tool that relates closely to what the client will actually do in rehab, active daily living or work activities.

Our staff can then take the limitations or asymmetries uncovered during the assessment, address them with corrective exercises. With corrective exercises, clients will see a major improvement in the their basic movement patterns. Research has shown that FMS is a reliable tool in assessing an individual’s risk of injury, function and will help assess injuries as well as noting that the use of corrective exercise and movement-related training programs do lead to an improvement in an individual’s composite FMS score. FMS can be a valuable outcome measure to monitor a client's progress.

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