FMS is a screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality. FMS is currently used for individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury. The FMS program is designed to highlight poor movement patterns in athletes. The screening allows practitioners to identify chronic compensations that may be inhibiting performance and gives the treating practitioner a direction for prescription of appropriate rehab exercises and treatment.
These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized.