As we’ve discussed before, Functional Movement Screenings are a great way for trainers to assess the physical capabilities of athletes recovering from an injury. However, there’s another benefit of getting a FMS: avoiding injury.
If you’re an athlete of any skill level, you’ve probably heard the term “fundamentals first” about 12 million times. There’s a reason coaches harp on this when training athletes from an early age. Without having an adequate harness on the fundamental aspects of your body’s movement, your training will be hampered or even harmful to your body.
The basis of FMS is fairly simple. Trainers look at fundamental movement patterns, motor control within movements, and check for deficiency or asymmetry during those movements. A rudimentary grading system is used to assess a variety of movements, ruling out personal judgments or subjectivity. Its aim is to be objective and academic so that trainers can easily show the athlete what they’re doing and work towards correcting any imbalances or movement issues.
No matter how advanced you consider your athletic training to be, it’s important to get a FMS. Even athletes of the highest levels can have body imbalances or muscle deficiencies they’re not aware of, and those can lead to strains and injuries. While FMS doesn’t prevent injuries on their own, it allows athletes and trainers to identify weaknesses and respond with targeted exercises to regain balance and better achieve body symmetry.
For more information on FMS, visit their website or contact Velo Sports Rehab today. Our sports physicians can assess your movement patterns and help you avoid injury as you train or participate in your favorite athletic activities.