The Functional Movement Screen


The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening method used to evaluate seven fundamental movement patterns, in individuals with no current pain or injury. The FMS is not intended to diagnose orthopedic problems, instead to demonstrate ways for improved movement.

This screen is created to place individuals in positions where movement
deficiencies become noticeable if the correct stability and mobility are not used. Even though individuals may be performing an activity or sport at a high level it has been observed that many are limited in fundamental movement. This can lead to the use of compensatory movements in order to obtain and maintain the level of performance needed. The improper use of compensation during movement may lead to poor biomechanics, that limit individuals in performance and reduce the body’s ability to remain adaptable and durable, against the risks of being involved in the activity or sport.

If an individual has pain during the screen, the individual will be referred for a Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The SFMA is an assessment designed to find the cause of the individual’s pain, not just the source.

To learn more about SFMA, click here.

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