The Functional Movement Screening (FMS) is a standardized system that evaluates specific movement patterns that are essential for healthy activity. The primary goal of the assessment is to identify asymmetries, imbalances, restrictions, and weaknesses that lead to faulty movement patterns. Faulty movement patterns can lead to injury, by placing abnormal stress loads on joints and soft tissue. This movement assessment can help to determine an athlete’s risk level in developing potential injuries.

The FMS can help to guide an individual towards a more specific and effective training or rehab program. A specific rehab program can help improve and correct faulty movement patterns. Abnormal stress loads on the joints and soft tissue will diminish when the training or rehab program is geared toward creating more efficient movement patterns. Individuals participating in the FMS will receive a score that is based upon the individuals ability to perform the movements. Based upon the results of the FMS, the individual can be educated on the cause of any faulty movement patterns. Corrective exercises can then be prescribed to improve upon an individuals’ weaknesses, imbalances, and restrictions.

Numerous competitive athletes. sports teams and active individuals use this screening to help assess their range of movement and identify which types of exercises may lead to injury for the individual. The Performance Health rehabilitation program is tailored for each individual to help achieve their optimal function.