In today’s world, calling something a “screen” inevitably conjures images of tablets, monitors, TVs, and LCD, but functional movement screen (FMS) is quite different. It’s an early-detection system primarily used for runners and athletes that uses seven key tests to measure physical strength and coordination. It is, in the words of its founder, Lee Burton, “designed to help identify movement pattern dysfunctions, thereby helping create the best possible interventions.”
FMS works by isolating flawed movement patterns, providing the patient with the knowledge needed to retrain his or her body to move properly. The seven movement patterns tested, each of which is ranked on a scale of 0 to 3 (from least capable to most capable), gauge not only the mobility but also the stability of the ankles, spine, hips, knees, and even shoulders.
The seven tests include:
Together these seven tests allow you and your physician to appraise your body’s movements before training to lower the risk of injury during the training period. Once dysfunctions have been uncovered, the two of you can work together to develop a workout regimen to retrain your body before moving into the next phase of training. FMS is recommended for both beginning and advanced runners to enhance exercise and prevent movement dysfunction.
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