or Functional Movement Systems on line.
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS®) was created in 1997 and since that time it has undergone tremendous scrutiny. This has and always will be a positive in order for us to continue to refine and improve the Functional Movement Screen System. In my opinion, the professionals and colleagues Gray and I (Lee Burton) work with and look to for feedback are the FMS’ biggest critics. The FMS continues to grow and gain in popularity within the exercise profession, and with this growth brings on more and more criticism concerning its effectiveness. The biggest critique we have gotten over the years is the lack of research to support use of the FMS. This is has been a fair criticism, however, more and more research is becoming available relating to its effectiveness. Dr. Rob Butler just completed a brief literature review, which you can review at the end of this post.
It seems at this point we have accomplished three things with the FMS.
- It is a reliable tool that can be quickly and easily administered in almost any setting.
- It can be used to identify individuals who are at risk for injury within certain population groups.
- We can improve the FMS score with interventions.