Functional Movement Screen
What is a functional movement screen?
Functional Movement Screening (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA) are tools used to identify limitations or asymmetries in fundamental movement patterns.
Analyzing a patient’s fundamental movement patterns is a key component to understanding their functional movement quality. Individuals are placed in positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable in order to observe if appropriate mobility and motor control is being utilized.
The article Can I Prevent a Sports Injury? takes an in-depth look at the 7 components of One on One Physical Therapy’s Functional Movement Screen.
What are functional movements?
Functional movements are movements based on real-world situational biomechanics. Functional movements are always multi-jointed (two or more muscle groups), through more than one plane of motion.
They are intended to mimic real-world movements and increase balance and muscle control in everyday applications Another common characteristic of functional movement is the tendency to activate or rely on the core musculature for stabilization.
At One on One Physical Therapy, we analyze your functional movements to help prevent injuries. This can give us insight into limitations that can affect your performance or lead to injuries. We can then recommend strategies to overcome these limitations leading to improved fitness.
Sports-specific movements are directly related to their sports-specific counterparts. One on One Physical Therapy is certified in Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness. Having this certification, we are able to perform golf specific functional movement screens, in order to assess areas of limitation or dysfunction that might impair an individual’s golf swing mechanics. We are also trained in examining an individual’s golf swing and determining specific swing characteristics that might put an individual at risk for musculoskeletal injury.