The Functional Movement Screen™ (FMS) is a system of simple quantifiable tests for evaluating fundamental movement patterns and abilities.
If you are exercising with altered movement patterns, then at best you are not performing at your potential and at worst are reinforcing poor patterns than can lead to injury. Put simply, 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 a score out of a possible 21, 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. The FMS trained professional will address these limitations by prescribing corrective exercises, giving the athlete greater movement efficiency and leading to improved performance and decreasing the potential for injury.