Dr. Robert Butler of the Duke University K-Lab has put together an updated summary of the research that has been published on the Functional Movement Screen , it is a great quick read. Here are some of the highlights:
"Current research on the Functional Movement Screen suggests that the test is a reliable way to objectively measure fundamental movement patterns that are modifiable and indicative of an elevated likelihood of sustaining a musculoskeletal injury." KEY POINT the FMS helps us identify modifiable risk factors. We as Sports Medicine professionals have been searching for a meaningful approach to clearing athletes for competition for a long time, this is a great start.
"The average score in 20-40 year olds is approximately a 15......; approximately a 1.2 composite decrease for the 50-59 year old group and an additional 1.2 composite decrease for the 60+ group." KEY POINT we can reasonably expect that FMS scores are different for different age groups. This helps us make appropriate comparisons when interpreting scores.
" ;..... it is likely that not all corrective exercise programming or strength and conditioning programming may results in a change in FMS scores." KEY POINT corrective exercise programs and performance improvement programs should be individualized; a One Size Fits All program approach does not yield optimal results.
When discussing how the FMS relates to specific sport or skill performance: "The primary take home message across these studies is that a single performance effort is not strongly correlated with FMS scores." KEY POINT the FMS allows us to assess different aspects human movement that contribute to athletic skill.
"In summary, the Functional Movement Screen is a reliable tool that can be used to identify individuals who are more likely to become injured." KEY POINT we can identify limitations and asymmetries that have the potential to contribute to future injury.
"It has also been observed that improvement in the composite FMS score can occur through some movement related training programs." KEY POINT we can make a meaningful difference for our athletes and clients by lowering their potential for future injury by applying an individualized approach.
Thank you Dr. Butler for summarizing the research.