The Functional Movement Screen…

A Key Element in Our Advanced Gait Analysis System

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an innovative system, based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research, that we use to evaluate movement pattern quality for clients and athletes. The clinical staff at Pursuit Athletic Performance relies on this screen to quantify and evaluate YOUR basic movement abilities as part of our unique gait analysis system.

What Can I Expect?

The Functional Movement Screen is comprised of seven tests that readily identify your functional limitations and asymmetries. The FMS puts you in positions that mimic movement patterns closely related to sport. As you go through the movements, weaknesses and imbalances become readily noticeable if appropriate stability and mobility is not utilized.

An accompanying grading system is used to categorize your movement in each of the exercises and serves both as a way to target major problems and also serve as a baseline for progress. The scoring system helps guide us to the most beneficial corrective training plan YOU need to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Benefits of the FMS

  • The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body.
  • It allows us to communicate clearly with you about what your limitations are and how to correct them.
  • The FMS effortlessly identifies asymmetries and less than optimal movement patterns
  • You will have a functional baseline from which to mark progress and measure improvement.
  • That baseline tells us what we need to know about your readiness to perform. Our customized plans set realistic and achievable goals that advance over time.
  • Perhaps most importantly, the FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed and corrected.

The Functional Movement Screen may be simple, but it is not easy.

We have tested many athletes who perform at elite levels–such as course record holding, award-winning Ironman triathletes for example–who are unable to perform these movements and demonstrate balanced coordination, mobility, stability, and strength. These athletes are compensating to enable them to perform at very high levels, and need corrective strategies and a appropriate and progressive plan to improve, just like you.

Compensations in sport sacrifices efficient movements for inefficient ones. Compensatory movements always put you at a much higher risk of injury, and, without a doubt, limit performance potential. If you continue to compensate, poor movement patterns are continually reinforced leading to poor biomechanics, overloaded tissue, and ultimately injury.

Unless compensations are corrected, you will never reach your ultimate potential.

The FMS is appropriate for any fitness level, and whatever your sport.