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What is Functional Movement Screening? 

If you are an athlete or overall active individual, you will experience soreness, pain, or an injury as a result of an activity at some point throughout your life. The more you push your body, the more the chances of hurting your body are increased.

At Sports Recovery Annex, our athletic trainers use a variety of innovative technology and training methods to treat our clients based on their individual recovery needs and injuries. 

For this article, we focus on functional movement screening (FMS), an innovative system that is used to evaluate the quality of movement patterns in people of all ages. FMS was created to measure motor control of movement patterns, so pain or limitations can be quickly identified and addressed. 

Functional movement screenings will show asymmetries in your body, informing you of which movements need the most assistance. Following these screenings, corrective exercises and treatments may be prescribed to improve movement quality and help you overcome any deficiencies. FMS is the first step to minimizing your risk of injury by finding and fixing your weakest link.

Some FMS exercises include:

  • Deep squat – A deep squat can show total extremity mobility, postural control, and pelvic and core stability. 
  • Hurdle step – A hurdle step can show how well a person can walk, stabilize oneself, and accelerate. 
  • Inline lunge – An inline lunge can show a person’s ability to decelerate, as all as their rotational and lateral movement capacity. 
  • Shoulder mobility – A shoulder mobility test shows the relationship between the scapular-thoracic region, thoracic spine, and rib cage. 
  • Active straight leg raise – An active straight leg raise shows the range of hip flexion, range of hip extension, and core stability. 
  • Trunk stability push-up – A trunk stability push up test assesses the stability of the core. 
  • Rotary stability – A rotary stability tests rotary stability in the core, pelvis, and shoulder girdle. 

During an FMS test, a person is scored between a zero to three for each movement. A zero score is given when you experience pain during the movement, a one indicates the person was not able to complete the movement properly, a two means the person completed the movement but had to compensate, and a three indicates the movement was performed as directed and no compensations were needed. 

FMS is a great tool for athletes, active people, and individuals with injuries to see how well they move and how they can strengthen their body to improve certain movements. 

Book an Athletic Training FMS Session in Jacksonville, Florida

If you are an athlete, exercise often, are experiencing pain or have fallen victim to an injury, you will notice improvements in your recovery and performance when you participate in an FMS session. At Sports Recovery Annex, our training and recovery specialists are highly experienced in FMS.

At Sports Recovery Annex in Jacksonville, Florida, we offer a variety of athletic training services including but not limited to, FMS, injury evaluation, digital imaging, kinesiology taping, sports stretching, and custom orthotics. 

Sports Recovery Annex is a walk-in sports recovery facility that provides everyday athletes and professionals access to state-of-the-art recovery services in Jacksonville. Our highly trained sports medicine staff include nationally certified athletic trainers, board certified physicians, and support staff all who will help keep you free from injuries and help you actively recover between workouts and competitions.

To learn more about our services, check out our athletic training services page or call us at a 904-613-3241 to book an FMS session today!