Put simply, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.
“We now use this program (Functional Movement System) with every player as a pretest and evaluation tool before we even begin to train them. This individualizes our training as we can now focus more on improving weaknesses, imbalances and asymmetries in an effort to improve functional movement patterns. Not only that, its an integral part of our program; rehabilitating injuries, decisions on return to play, and its a test before training camp that tells us:
1) has the player improved?
2) do we feel good about putting him on the field?”
Head Strength Coach,
Indianapolis Colts, NFL.