Functional Movement Screening Fort Worth & Plano, TX

Functional Movement Screening

Many athletes and weekend warriors have heard of a popular screening tool called the Functional Movement Screen. It uses objective and validated standards to help improve movement and identify how to train with purpose and precision in order for individuals to achieve their fitness, sports performance or return from injury goals.

The FMS is the basic screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries. It measures seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain or known musculoskeletal injury.

Using FMS scoring results, your therapist or trainer can then put your results into action to make programming decisions and guide purpose-driven exercise selection. It can also be a great tool to do quick screens on large groups of athletes.

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is slightly different and used more in a rehab setting. It is a movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess the same 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain, but in much more detail. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.

This systematic process allows clinicians to clearly match their intervention to the main problem of the patient. This model efficiently integrates the concepts of altered motor control, the neurodevelopmental perspective, and regional interdependence into musculoskeletal practice.

To put it simply, when screening an athlete to make the best training decisions, functional movements should always be incorporated, and when an athlete is injured or not performing at their best, those same movements can be broken down and analyzed in very specific ways to find the cause and treat more effectively.

If you’re curious to know more or feel you would benefit from a detailed analysis of your movements or lifts, contact ClearCut ORTHO Today at Fort Worth & Plano, TX to schedule a consultation today!