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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?

  • 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.
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.