What the Research Tells Us About the Functional Movement Screen

Written by Dr. Rob Butler, DPT, PT, PhD Video

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Topics Covered

  • Reliability
    • Instead of looking at the composite score, research is looking towards individual performance of each test.
    • Tests with lower relability
    • Understanding the correct scoring criteria is key
  • Injury Validity
    • FMS is designed to look for movement deficits
    • Studies: professional football, marines in training, fire fighters
  • Modifiability
    • The relationship between general movement training and FMS results
    • Not all training programs improve FMS results
    • Improving movement with screen-based programming
  • Performance Validity
    • US Track & Field Athletes
    • The importance of individual tests
  • FMS & Age
    • 20-50 yrs average score = 15
    • After 50, FMS scores decline 1.5 points per decade
  • FMS & Childhood Obesity
    • Children at a normal average weight score better on the FMS than children who are overweight
    • The importance of movement in physical education
  • Screening the Ankle
    • Decreased dorsiflexion correlates with decreased shoulder mobility.
    • Finding result in greater connection throughout our body than we think 

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    Bryan Quigley 7/2/2015 1:30:13 PM

    Great video! We have been doing great work here with help of FMS and we look forward to connecting more this year! Keep up the good work!!

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    Balanced Athlete 8/5/2015 1:35:16 PM

    Good video! Thanks! I'm gonna start watching to see the correlation between limited dorsi-flexion and shoulder mobility. 

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    Dennis Sheehan 7/2/2018 2:04:15 PM

    Excellent presentation! I learned a lot. Thanks.