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Functional Movement Screen Integration

by on Sep 2nd, 2010

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The Functional Movement Screen is no more complicated than a simple appraisal of your athletes’ movement proficiencies to provide objective feedback for the quality of your programs and may help identify risk factors and spark action to mitigate potential injuries associated with poor movement or uninformed exercise selection and the system is simply a thought process, not an algorithmic guide.  While many may not agree with the FMS in and of itself, I do strongly agree and for reasons in addition to the injury risk factor, which is an excellent feature to boot.

My affinity for the FMS has led me to use it with all of my healthy athletes, including my most recent challenge, a group of 40 middle-elite distance runners.  The reality is that despite a short-run time crunch–it took us only 2 hours to run 40–the results gleaned should pay dividends in keeping athletes training consistently, which, in my mind, invalidates the “don’t have time because we need to be training” argument especially in a sport with such an ungodly rate of attrition and injury.

Integrating the Functional Movement Screen does not have to be rocket science, and it is almost never the only part of a program, another common misconception in the team settings.  In our methodology, we incorporate a cycle of 2-4 series of 2-4 FMS correctives following the WD-40 and Duct Tape Model then immediately transition into a more general full body warm-up that still has exercises in place, though more “Gestalt” in nature, reinforce the patterns from the first 5 minutes of the session.  Keep in mind, just because it is not in the Functional Movement Screen manual or you haven’t seen Brett Jones teach the exercise doesn’t mean that it cannot be a valuable exercise in improving movement proficiency.  What is most vital is not the exercise selection itself, but that the exercises you choose achieve your desired end.  Do you think kettlebell training was in the FMS system heavily prior to their meeting with Brett Jones?

In a warm up for somebody with poor shoulder mobility score on the FMS, following corrections, one may consider this list of dynamic warm up activities that are both more global and more “active” than a more specific corrective that may go in the early portion of the warm up.  Ultimately this will feed into better scores and the benefits accrued from a strong dynamic warm up prior to more intense reactive or strength work that may follow.  Consider these drills for a shoulder mobility issue:

1. Hand walks
2. Lunges with various twisting moves about the T-spine
3. Lunges with lateral flexion and arms elevated
4. Cross-bodied lat mobilization
5. Backwards locomotives
6. Kneeling rockbacks with Cat/Camel at starting point
7. Sumo squat (w/ rotation for an added “hit”)
8. Dynamic Windmills
9. Weighted implement carries

The list can go on and on if you really think about what needs to be cleared up and use your critical thinking skills to cull out what exercises from your library are of the greatest value in a particular case–individual or group.  Not all warm up exercises have to address the need, and in my current situation, where we have 40+ athletes that fit into 3 different groups of FMS issues, I choose to pick a few exercises that reinforce the FMS pattern corrections for each group. In a warm up with 10 exercises, each special need group may see 3-4 exercises that seek to improve those patterns specifically and then the remainder are “general” relative to those needs.  Likewise, the specific needs of one group become the “general” exercises to the other groups.

Program design in strength can be done similarly if need be, but once you take the time and get FMS scores “passing” there really is no need other than to just keep a step ahead of them.  The FMS into team environments is not as big of a deal as many think it may be in the grand scheme, and if you push the right buttons from early on, there is shortly no need to continue hammering away with corrective strategies.

Kind Regards,
Carson Boddicker

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  • Sam Leahey September 3, 2010

    Well applied, Carson. It certainly can be a task convincing the sport coaches involved which is why i have resorted to getting the sports medicine team on board first. This way it becomes mandetory screening and there are consequences for lack of compliance.

  • Carson Boddicker September 3, 2010

    Luckily for me, selling the coach wasn’t the hardest thing to do as I have been talking shop with him about training since he was recruiting me out of high school.

    Carson Boddicker

  • Dave Redden October 4, 2010

    RE: integrating the fms.
    When you choose 2-4 series of 2-4 correctives are you choosing specific exercises for each individual team member or is everyone doing all of the series’?
    Are you or an associate leading/coaching these correctives like a group stretch or is each series being set up more like a circuit.
    We screened 25 high school snowboarders and have plenty of training time but everything is done in a group setting due to small staff and the average high school snowboarder is not a “subtle technique” kind of learner. I’ve been trying to set-up and introduce ten “stations”, then run around coaching the moves. I fear that I see the athletes reinforcing their movement patterns more often than learning new ones.
    Thanks in advance. Strong work.

    Dave Redden
    Stratton Mountain School Snowboarding

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