What is Functional Movement Screening?
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) was created by world famous physical therapist Gray Cook as a means to evaluate an individual’s mobility, movement patterning, core stability and neuromuscular coordination. Consisting of seven basic tests, the screen correlates to movement patterns that occur during training, sports and everyday life. Impairment or imbalances in any one of these patterns can decrease an individual’s function and performance and significantly increase their risk of injury.
“Eric D’Agati and his team at ONE Human Performance have embraced and implemented a model that most rehabilitation and exercise professionals only read and hope to have. They have executed the Functional Movement System’s model at all levels of fitness, athletic performance and rehabilitation. In my lectures and publications, I have discussed their near-perfect execution of our model to other professional entities, in professional sports and the US Military. I consider Eric and his staff content experts on the subject of Functional Movement Screening and Assessment and encourage both professionals and consumers to consider them an expert resource in both exercise and rehabilitation. Here’s the bottom line — human performance is changing and you can see it first hand at ONE Human Performance.”
Author of Movement: Functional Movement Systems and Athletic Body in Balance
Founder, Functional Movement Systems
Did you know . . .
-imbalances in function from left to right can leave an athlete 2-11 times more likely to get hurt?
-testing done with NFL players showed that those with poor movement abilities were over 40% more likely to end up on injured reserve?
Well, there is hope. ONE Human Performance specializes in the analysis of movement and injury prevention. Just ask the NY Football Giants. We have had the good fortune of providing functional testing and corrective exercise programs to the team for the last four years.
The FMS is part of a larger system, called the Functional Movement System, which consists of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and its clinical counterparts, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Y Balance Test (YBT). Together these assessment tools create a powerful algorithm that integrates a smooth transition from clinical care to training and vice versa, while respecting each professional’s scope of practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Movement Screen for?
This program is designed for healthy individuals who are looking for an active approach to optimizing their bodies and avoiding injuries and chronic pain. The FMS system has been implemented with groups ranging from civil service workers and major corporate wellness plans to US Armed Forces and professional sports teams.
How long does it take and what do we do?
Sessions run approximately 30-45 minutes in length. During that time you will be asked to perform a series of simple movement patterns in order to assess your function. Based on your results, you will be given a specific Corrective Exercise program to address your needs, which takes approximately 10 minutes per day, and requires minimal space and little to no equipment.
Is this covered by my insurance plan?
Since this is a non-clinical procedure, there is no billing code for the FMS, so no reimbursement is available.
What do I do then for follow up on my program?
It is recommended that you follow up every 1-2 months until you have cleared any imbalances and dysfunctions. At that point, it is recommended that you come in for a “check-up” every 6 months, similar to your dental visits. If you should need additional assistance, options can be made available for continuing one-on-one sessions.
How much space does it take and what type of equipment is necessary?
The testing and implementation can be done in an area as small as 8′ x 8′. For testing, the FMS test kit consists of a 5′ x 1′ PVC ruled board, attached hurdle markers and dowel. To implement the corrective strategies, the only equipment necessary is a 1′ round foam roller and some type of bench/step/riser.
Who is qualified to implement the FMS system?
The FMS Screening can be used by any trainer or therapist who is certified, which is done through a live workshop and follow-up online exam. The SFMA can only be performed by a licensed therapist.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
You can reach Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-222-6015.