FMS and SFMA- how can these tests help you?
Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Functional Movement Screen: Why, when, and who?
When looking at an individual, whether for performance or injury purposes, it is important to complete a thorough assessment. There is no room for error or forgetting to look at all of the important aspects of functional movements and patterns and It is important to have a system in place to assess everyone’s needs.
At Advantage Strength and Conditioning, Brian and myself use the Functional Movement Systems (www.functionalmovement.com) to evaluate athletes and individuals who want to begin an exercise program.
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is an assessment used by health care professionals. The SFMA breaks down 7 top tier movements and tasks. Within the top tier assessments, each task can and will be broken down into their individual components to determine the true cause of someone’s pain, dysfunction, asymmetries, etc. Treatments may then be tailored not only to the area of discomfort, but other areas that may be the true cause of dysfunction in a non-painful manner.
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screen of 7 movement patterns scored 0-3, used to by health and fitness professionals. Each test may be scored 0-3 (0=Painful, 3= Perfect) based upon an individual’s ability to complete the task. Research has shown that the FMS can be a useful tool to identify professional, college, and teenaged athletes at a higher risk of injury.
The results of the FMS can then be used to identify the needs of an athlete to individually tailor their program to their own, personal needs. This can lead to faster and better improvements in mobility, flexibility, strength, and potentially decrease the risk of injury.
Do you or your athletes know your FMS score? Is your program/exercise selection tailored to your individual needs? Do simple and basic daily tasks cause pain? Pop in for a movement screen and let us help you.