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The Functional Movement Screen: A Review

Beardsley, Chris MA Hons1; Contreras, Bret BSc, CSCS2

Strength and Conditioning Journal: October 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 5 - p 72–80
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000074
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ABSTRACT THE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN (FMS) IS A PRE-PARTICIPATION SCREENING TOOL COMPRISING 7 INDIVIDUAL TESTS FOR WHICH BOTH INDIVIDUAL SCORES AND AN OVERALL SCORE ARE GIVEN. THE FMS DISPLAYS BOTH INTERRATER AND INTRARATER RELIABILITY BUT HAS BEEN CHALLENGED ON THE BASIS OF A LACK OF VALIDITY IN SEVERAL RESPECTS. THE FMS SEEMS TO HAVE SOME DEGREE OF PREDICTIVE ABILITY FOR IDENTIFYING ATHLETES WHO ARE AT AN INCREASED RISK OF INJURY. HOWEVER, A POOR SCORE ON THE FMS DOES NOT PRECLUDE ATHLETES FROM COMPETING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL NOR DOES IT DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN ATHLETES OF DIFFERING ABILITIES.

1Strength and Conditioning Research Limited, Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom;

2School of Sport and Recreation, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Chris Beardsley is the Director of Strength and Conditioning Research Limited.

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Bret Contreras is currently pursuing his PhD at AUT University.

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