Should You Incorporate The FMS?

Functional Movement Screen

Having recently listened to 391 podcast episode on The FitCast hosted by Kevin Larrabee, it had provoked my thinking on movement screens and their place.

The guest was Mike Reinold who is world renowned for his expertise on the shoulder joint. He has also been lead and co-author of research articles as well as the main content provider to the Functional Stability Training educational resource with Eric Cressey. So a very accomplished indivduals within the industry and one worth listening to.

Mike’s take on the FMS was an interesting one. When we first enter the industry of fitness we all want to make our mark, be a thought leader and make changes to the “old” way of doing things. I imagine this is what might have initially gone through Mike’s mind.

He had chosen to pick and mix certain elements of the FMS along with other movement screens. This I imagine he thought was more approbiale to take the ones he felt relevant and disregard the ones that didn’t relate to him or his athletes. Makes sense.

However, interesting he changed his thoughts on this and now incorporates the full FMS screen. The suggestion is that data bring collected will be extremely valuable to future research. Having a global standardised approach to movement screening will give a reference point across different sports, cultures and demographics which you can relate back to his athletes. Great point.

In my current state, I have decided to do what Mike did initally and use a modified FMS screen. I feel there are some tests which are not useful to me or the sport I am in. However, following this podcast I will be thinking again. The time it takes to complete a full FMS isn’t significant and I could be missing out on valuable data to use in the future.

Listening to others in that have built up a significant amount of time in the industry has benefits as you can learn from their mistakes. I wish I had listened to this earlier!

Thanks Kevin and Mike.