The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool we use on all of our patients at APH to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality.  The FMS identifies a patient’s risk for injury in under 10 minutes.  Based on the results of this screen, we issue corrective exercises to help normalize movement patterns, thereby reducing the risk of injury and boosting athletic performance!

Dr. Todd failed his first FMS miserably, even though he was a high-performing athlete at the time.  How do you think you would score in each of the seven?!  Bring "The Score Card" into APH to find out.

7 Test Breakdown

Score each test : 0 - 3
Best Possible Score 21
How did you score? 

Test 1

Symmetrical, functional mobility and stability of the shoulders, thoracic spine, hips, knees and ankles.

Deep Squat 

Test 2

Stride mechanics, single leg balance, and stability of the hip, pelvis and core.

Hurdle Step

Test 3

Mobility and stability of the hip, knee, ankle, and foot.

Inline Lunge

Test 4

Mobility of the shoulder joints and thoracic spine, while assessing movement of the scapulas on the rib cage. 

Shoulder Mobility

Test 5

Active flexibility of the posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings, calves) and core stability with separation of the lower extremities. This movement is often lost due to posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings, itband) tightness.

Active Straight-leg Raise

Test 6

Reflex core stabilization.  NOT a test or measure of upper body strength.

Trunk Stability Push-Up

Test 7

Reflex stabilization of the trunk, scapulas, and hips and mobility of the shoulders, spine, hips and knees. 

Rotary Stability