FMS is the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury. These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic loco motor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized. The FMS was developed by a group of Physical Therapists in the USA to assess functional movements in the athletic/general population.”

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the product of an exercise philosophy known as Functional Movement Systems. This exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research. The FMS is a ranking and grading system that assesses normal and functional movement patterns. The FMS results in a  Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target key problems, prioritise management and track progress.

  • Evaluation – The screen identifies asymmetries and limitations.
  • Standardization – The FMS provides a 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.

Darren Ross and Grant Freckleton have undertaken additional training in Functional Movement Screening (FMS). We have found the use of the FMS a useful adjunct to the assessment of many individuals both in and out of the sporting population. If you would like additional information on the suitability of FMS for you or to make an appointment this is available through our Ringwood Clinic. Contact Us