Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

Reduce Your Risk of Sports Related Injuries and Enhance Athletic Performance

Functional Movement Screen utilizes a screen of functional and foundational movement patterns to assess for possible deficiencies of stability and mobility of the spine and extremities (shoulder, hips, knees, and ankles). Without being aware of these deficiencies, we are more vulnerable to sports injury risk. Think of it as your pre-participation physical for your musculo-skeletal system in order to prevent injury, encourage sound fundamentals, and serve as the foundation for safe weight loss, performance enhancement, or muscle building. This screen incorporates seven key tests performed by a trained, certified specialist. These tests help to identify any functional mobility or stability deficiencies that should be addressed through corrective exercise to aid in lowering the risk of injury and to help promote athletic performance.

Programs typically progress through gradual stages of increasing intensity. Typically beginning with simple activities such as walking, jogging, or running before moving towards more explosive activities depending on your pain threshold and sound movement capability.


Developed in 2001 by Gray Cook, a physical therapist, the program was designed to highlight and identify movement problems that may lead to injury. Furthermore, upon identification, providers could assign a regiment that allows for exercise minimizing the risk for injury.

Though the screening process is not a diagnostic tool, it’s extremely objective and has been used reliably by a wide-range of fitness professionals all around the world.


A certified Functional Motion specialist can perform seven tests of mobility and stability – essential building blocks of FMS. FMS will reveal limitations in both. Specialists will take an overall, generalized look at the result of all seven tests and determine the practical application in the athletic and recreational exercise fields.

Many people enter a new exercise regiment on top of baseline or dysfunctional movement performance, therefore increasing the risk of injury. FMS identifies these dysfunctions and attempts to prevent injury. FMS will also help to expose any potential areas of injury or pain, that should be assessed and treated prior to completion of the FMS or a training program.

If you’d like to get a Functional Movement Screen and correct any potential issues before entering a new training program, contact Align Chiropractic Spine & Sports Rehab and schedule an appointment!

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