Functional Movement and Assessment

All clients must be assessed prior to the start of any exercise program Complete medical history, physical evaluation and muscle testing needs to be done prior to the design and implementation of an exercise program. You must have a blueprint or road map to show where you are now in order to determine which direction a strength training program needs to take. It is not good enough to just throw together a series of exercises and expect a client to execute safely. Everyone wants results, whether it be weight loss, sport specific performance or just to live a healthy and vibrant life. In order to achieve any of the goals the client wishes for, they must be able to perform the exercises correctly. If faulty movement patterns are present, correct execution or safe execution may be impossible no matter how hard the client tries.

For that reason, I have chosen to adopt the Functional Movement Screen as one of our baseline assessments that all clients will undergo prior to design and execution of an exercise program. But, just what is the FMS; who developed it and what are the benefits?

The Functional Movement Screen was developed by:

Gray Cook, MSPT, OCS, CSCS

Gray Cook, a practicing physical therapist, has spent his entire career refining and developing functional evaluation exercise techniques. He has taken the Functional Movement Screen and his advanced assessment practices and combined them with reactive-based exercises that enhance motor learning. These two components are the pillars of the Reebok Core Training System.

Lee BurtonLee Burton, PhD, A.T.,C., C.S.C.S.,

Lee Burton received his Bachelor Degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University and his Master Degree in Education with an emphasis in athletic training from Old Dominion University. Lee completed his Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness at Virginia Tech. He attained his Certification of Athletic Training through the National Athletic Trainer’s Association-Board of Certification and his Certification of Strength and Conditioning through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Lee is currently the Program Director for Athletic Training at Averett University.

The information below is a synopsis of information available through the Functional Movement Screen website. I have provided some of the information here for ease of reading. If you would like more information I invite you to visit Functional Movement Screen

Functional Movement Screen

The FMS gives trainers consistent, unbiased feedback and measurable progress monitoring to hone in on what is working for clients and what’s not. The Functional Movement Screen was originally developed to gather objective data for statistical analysis of human movement patterns with respect to functional performance and injury prevention.

“Research has demonstrated that right-left asymmetries and major limitations can increase injury potential and decrease functional effectiveness.”

“The FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness. ”

“The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns. ”

What it Does – Widespread Benefits

The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved – individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians.

Communication – The FMS utilizes simple language

Evaluation – The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations.

Standardization – The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.

Safety – The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed.

Corrective Strategies – The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.

I look forward to learning the Functional Movement Screen and implementing this tool with all our clients at Victoria Wellness.

Till next time,

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    John McDougald

    This is very interesting. Thank you.


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