Functional Movement Screening
A unique assessment tool for athletes and physically active people of all ages.
RWJ offers an assessment tool called the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). It is a quick, easy test that can determine your potential risk of injury due to limited or altered movement patterns which conventional programs overlook.
What does it measure?
- Evaluates deficits in flexibility, posture, strength, and stability.
- Identifies functional limitations, asymmetries, and faulty movement patterns.
- Potential risk of injury.
Why should an athlete have a screening?
- For injury prevention
- the results will help determine specific issues that can lead to injury if not addressed- the screener may then recommend a visit to a specialist, physical therapy, sports training programs, or other intervention to help reduce the risk.
- To help track progress in performance enhancement, post-injury training, or personal fitness training.
- will create a baseline score if done before program starts, then can mark progress as it is repeated during the course of the program.
- For athletes with a history of recurrent or chronic injuries
- will help determine risk of recurrent injury or what deficits still exist that can be worked on to maintain health.
What happens after the test is complete?
Appointments are available for individuals or for large groups as well. For more info on rates or if you need more info, call 1-855-SPRTS-MED and choose the location nearest you.
- The evaluator will explain your results and recommend the best course of action to address any potential injuries or problems. This could range from specific exercises to perform to visiting a specialist to see if further interventions such as physical therapy can help.
- The evaluator may also recommend that another screening be completed- this one is called the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). This is geared toward athletes with a history of chronic injuries and is a more specialized total body functional assessment that focuses on functional non-painful movement patterns via a developed corrective exercise plan.