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Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a pre-participation screening tool designed to identify compensatory movement patterns that are indicative of increased injury risk and inefficient movement that causes reduced performance.
In most populations, the FMS sum score ranges between 13 – 15 points, and many trials have reported norms of around 14 points.

The FMS sum score is positively associated with increased physical activity and negatively associated with higher BMI, age, and the presence of breathing pattern disorders. It is not associated with previous injury, athletic ability, postural stability, time within the competition season, or gender.

The FMS sum score appears to be very reliable between raters (inter-rater) and within raters for a video of the same test (intra-rater). However, test-retest reliability is less reliable, indicating that the same subjects may score differently on different occasions.