The number one goal we should all have with an exercise program is to prevent injury. This comes before any goal of weight loss, muscle building, or performance enhancement. If you get hurt, then none of these goals even matter because you can’t train.
With our number one goal established, we must have strong fundamentals in our exercise program. We need to have sound fundamental movement patterns before we put a fitness program on top of baseline movement. This is very important in exercise progression building movement and foundation strength.
The Functional Movement Screen is essentially a quick and easy way for us to screen fundamental movement before we train. If you train with a baseline of poor quality of movement, the risk for injury is significantly increased. If, however, we correct baseline movement prior to advancing performance training, the risk of injury is significantly reduced.
Three basic outcomes of the Functional Movement Screen
- You will have an acceptable screen after which it is safe to precede with full activities.
- You may have a screen that is not acceptable. We simply will program a corrective strategy before advancing movements. You still will train, but our first goal will be to improve your movement so you have the foundation for advanced movements without risk of injury.
- You may have pain with movement, in which this will require appropriate referral to a health care provider to have the pain checked before we proceed with training
What is the Functional Movement Screen?
The FMS looks at fundamental movements, motor control within movements, and a competence of basic movement patterns. Its job is to determine movement deficiency and uncover asymmetry. The FMS is designed for all healthy, active people and for healthy, inactive people who want to increase physical activity. It is designed for those that do not have pain or injury. The FMS itself is a series of seven different movements and three clearing tests that are combined into a movement screen. It is extremely objective, reliable, and reproducible. It used by a wide range of fitness and health care professionals.
The seven tests require a balance of mobility and stability. Mobility and stability are the essential elements of the movement patterns in the FMS. If there are limitations in either, the FMS will reveal them.
With the increased desire to be fitter, stronger, and more athletic, people need to realize the importance of having fundamental movements before advancing into higher-level activities. What often happens is people are putting exercise and performance on top of dysfunctional movement, which can impair performance and may cause injuries.
There is a saying that “something is only as strong as its weakest link.” The FMS strives to identify the weak link and correct it. The FMS looks at fundamental movement patterns, which are the foundation for fitness and performance.
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