What is Functional Movement Screening?
By Tyler Sullivan
Just as we crawl before we walk, and walk before we run, there is a foundation that must be established in anything physical we undertake. The golfer focuses on club speed, foot placement and general mechanics before they may compete at a competitive level, just as the pianist learns to read sheet music and develop trained, responsive fingers before they may play a concert hall. The golfer and the pianist are just examples of single specialties that exist in life. From a general perspective, there is a more basic level that all people share, the need to move about life physically in a proficient manner. With lower back pain, neck pain and overall structural inefficiency contributing to pain in large percentages of the world population, the FMS (Functional Movement Screen) aims to diagnose these issues through a systematic scoring assessment system. By taking the client through a series of basic movements and grading said clients performance, the FMS screen will expose any structural inefficiencies or asymmetries in the client. Additionally, the FMS technician will pull a series of corrective exercises from the FMS gospel and apply them to the client. As a personal trainer with multiple certifications and years of experience, the FMS is one of the most valuable knowledge sets that a trainer has the opportunity to learn.
To complete your own FMS, get in touch with a staff member or personal trainer at your VIDA location!