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A Review of the Current Literature on the Utility of the Functional Movement Screen as a Screening Tool to Identify Athletes' Risk for Injury

Monaco, Jerry-Thomas PT, DPT, OCS1,2; Schoenfeld, Brad J. PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA3

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 5 - p 17–23
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000481
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ABSTRACT THE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN (FMS) IS A POPULAR MOVEMENT SCREENING TOOL USED BY REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS AND STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALISTS, OFTEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF INJURY PREVENTION. ALTHOUGH THE FMS MAY FACILITATE THE ABILITY FOR REHAB THERAPISTS AND TRAINERS TO DETERMINE MOVEMENT DYSFUNCTIONS, THE ABILITY TO PREDICT INJURY HAS RECENTLY COME UNDER SCRUTINY. THE FOLLOWING REVIEW EXAMINES THE CURRENT LITERATURE ON THE UTILITY OF THE FMS AS A SCREENING TOOL TO IDENTIFY ATHLETES' RISK FOR INJURY.

1Rocky Mountain University, Provo, Utah;

2Department of Physical Therapy, Seton Hall University, Nutley, New Jersey; and

3Health Sciences Department, CUNY Lehman College, Bronx, New York

Address correspondence to Brad J. Schoenfeld, bradschoenfeldphd@gmail.com.

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

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Jerry-Thomas Monacois a Senior Staff Physical Therapist at Kessler Rehabilitation Center in Monmouth County, NJ, an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University Department of Physical Therapy, Nutley, NJ and is currently pursuing his PhD in Sports and Human Performance at Rocky Mountain University, Provo, UT.

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Brad Schoenfeldis the Director of the master's degree program in Human Performance and Fitness and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx, NY.

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