Benefits of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

Benefits of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

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The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a continuation from the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. The Functional movement screen helps assess the level of risk of injury in patients returning to their goal/sport at end of their rehabilitation.

Our Physiotherapist at BJC Health have all been trained to perform the FMS and believe it is an imperative part of not only preventing injury in the future, but also improving performance.

What is the FMS?

The FMS is a system which scores 7 functional full body movements which are key for normal function and daily activities, such as a squat. By assessing these movements, it identifies limitations and asymmetries that can potentially hinder physical training, performance and increase the risk of injury.

When do we use it?

  • Transition from physiotherapy back to activities of daily living
  • Return to sport/specific activity
  • Return to work
  • Prescribing individual exercise programs

How does it help?

The FMS is a tool utilized by our physiotherapists to screen patients to ensure they are pain-free and do not require further physiotherapy or medical intervention.

However, the Functional Movement Screen not only detects pain but can identify potential reasons why one may not be progressing in their training/sport. Through corrective exercises in conjunction with an individual specific exercise program, the FMS can be used to enhance performance and training efficiency.

If you would like more information on the FMS, contact our physiotherapists via email or contact us on 1300 252 698.


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