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Functional Movement Screens

Functional Movement Screens (FMS)

What is FMS?

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.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

Benefits of FMS

  • Communication: The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.
  • Evaluation: The screen identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.
  • 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. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.
  • 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.

Who would benefit from FMS?

  • College Athletes
  • Middle and High School athletes and teams
  • Club level athletes
  • Anyone who competes in sports at a competitive level
  • Any athlete wishing to improve his/her performance
  • Any athlete wishing to reduce their risk of injury

Program includes:

  • Initial screening session
  • ustom exercise program addressing client’s limitations and asymmetries
  • Instruction in home exercise program
  • Medically supervised training session (up to 2 per week for 8 weeks)
  • Post program evaluation

Location: Owsley Brown Frazier Sports Medicine Center
(next to the University of Louisville’s James Patterson field)
215 Central Avenue, #200
Louisville, KY 40208

Please call to schedule your evaluation.