» FMS Level 1 with Online Certification

»Course Description

The Functional Movement Screen Level 1 Course teaches the rating and ranking system that captures fundamental movement patterns, motor control, and competency of fundamental movement patterns. The core focus of the movement screen is to emphasize movement quality over quantity, and to identify any movement deficiencies or limitations. Since the body is complex in nature and operates as a system, it is necessary to address movement patterns as a whole, rather than evaluating isolated joint measurements when trying to determine inefficiencies. The movement screen is an applicable tool that should be used when determining an appropriate exercise program for any individual.

The Level 1 Course begins with an in-depth discussion of why it is essential to do the movement screen and how it can be an effective tool in assigning an exercise program. In doing so, the material that is taught provides information about how an individual or client might be at risk for injury because of asymmetries, dysfunction, or pain. The course also touches on the history of physical education and the decline of movement over the past century.

Secondly, the Level 1 Course explains the Functional Movement Screen by providing the setup, screening procedures and scoring criteria for each movement pattern. During this interactive process, the instructor addresses common mistakes, biomarkers to look for, and overall screening tips to help identify differences related to scoring criteria for the movement tests. The scoring system itself consists of 7 tests with a ranking system of 3, 2, 1 and 0 based upon certain objectives.

After the full screen has been taught and practiced, the instructors will discuss prioritizing the FMS Screen results to assign proper corrective exercise solutions. The corrective exercise process follows a logical process of regaining the quality of the movement pattern so that loads and progressive training strategies can be applied regardless of your chosen training background or philosophy. The seminar finishes with instructions on how to become certified by taking the online FMS Level 1 Certification Exam and the benefits associated with this certification. Upon passing the online certification exam, you will be classified as a FMS Level 1 Certified Member. As such, the entire FMS website is unlocked to you – articles, podcasts, the Find a Certified Member registry, etc. – free for one year. Best of all, you will be part of a great network of exercise professionals who share the same principles as you with regards to exercise prescription.

The Level 1 Online Course and becoming a FMS Level 1 Certified Member is required for attending the FMS Level 2 Live Course. The Level 2 Course provides an opportunity to take results from the FMS and apply program design and exercise selection to improve your client’s fundamental movement baseline. The Level 2 seminar will begin with an in-depth look at how to perform the movement screen and apply the scoring criteria correctly for best results. Then we will discuss how to interpret results from the FMS, decide what your training priorities are based on those results, and teach hands-on applications and techniques to improve your clients training results.

»Learning Objectives

  • Describing key principles to support the importance of movement screens.
  • Explaining the role of mobility, motor control, and functional patterns in fundamental movement.
  • Using the Functional Movement Screen instructions and procedures.
  • Distinguishing between correct screening techniques and common mistakes.
  • Applying the scoring criteria for consistent and reliable screen results.
  • Developing exercise selection and programs using the FMS.
  • Explaining the purpose and application of corrective exercise.

»Certified Member Benefits

Upon passing the online FMS Level 1 Certification Exam, you will receive 1 year of free membership
to FunctionalMovement.com that includes these benefits and more.

  • Online Certified Member Profile
  • Comprehensive Corrective Exercise Library
  • Educational Videos, Podcasts, Articles
  • Exclusive Webinars
  • Eligible to use FMS Pro Software