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Interesting Facts:


There is a high prevalence of chronic pain within adult populations living in industrialized nations.  Some of the leading anatomical sites include: back pain, neck pain and knee pain.  


"Back pain is the number one cause of lost work days in the U.S,"Dr. Anders Cohen, chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, in New York City.


As a society we accept that it is necessary to have an annual dentist and doctor exam.  However, neither of those appointments will:


  1. Screen for dysfunctional movement patterns

  2. Predict if you are at risk for future injuries, whether playing sports or simply accomplishing daily tasks such as picking something up of the floor.  


MFT would argue that adding a movement screen early in adolescents complimented with appropriate daily exercises targeting the weak links would have a dramatic impact on nation wide disabilities.



Your body is your LIFELINE

Professional sports teams have recognized the importance of movement.  Bottom line - They need healthy athletes to win Championships.  An athlete with a multi million dollar contract is useless on the sideline with an injury.  In addition, Military, Firefighters and Police Forces are recognizing the implications of putting strength on top of a movement dysfunction.  If a soldier can't move well unloaded, how are they going to react by throwing a 40lbs ruck on their back?  what about 10 years from now?  Will they eventually be one of those statistics that see "nearly one in 10 people across the globe suffer from an aching lower back."



Below are some articles promoting the importance of movement.  If you are interested in reading more click on the "read more links". If not, just click here to read more about what exactly the FMS entails.

Darren Krein - NFL Strength and Conditioning Coach of the year

"It really is the efficiency of the movement. I was talking to one of our players about this the other day. I said, "Hey, if you think about it, if you're set up this way and you go out and run, think how much energy you have to expend moving from point A to point B and then you multiply that over a day or over a practice, over a day, over a week. But if you clean up that movement, you're so much more efficient. It's easier to move. You're wasting so much less energy and you just don't feel as tired at the end of the day."


"We know that asymmetries are a big reason guys get hurt" - Sam Ramsden, Seahwaks Director of player Health and Performance

Gray Cook talking identifying "Red Flags" to improve Golf Performance

"I basically go through the entire landscape of the person in front of me and I pull out all of the ‘red flags’"

Core strength: A new model for injury prediction and prevention

"These findings suggest that core strength and functional movement enhancement programs to prevent injuries in workers whose work involves awkward positions is warranted."

The ability of the Functional Movement Screen to predict musculoskeletal injuries in a cohort of New Zealand military personnel

"Consistent with previous literature, this study demonstrates that fundamental movement patterns, as measured by the FMS™ scores, are an independent identifiable risk factor for time-loss injury in this cohort of military personnel"

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 What is the Functional Movement Screen?

The FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function.  By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries.  These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.  The official Functional Movement Screen website is 

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 What are the 7 movements screened?

Fundamental Mobility

  • Shoulder mobility

  • Active Straight Leg Raise

Fundamental Stability

  • Trunk Stability Push UP

  • Rotary Stability

Functional Movement

  • In-line Lunge

  • Hurdle Step

  • Overhead Deep Squat

 Once we have your FMS results

Your individualized FMS results will direct your program design.  What does that mean?  Your results will expose your weaknesses. We will work to target those weak links through appropriate corrective exercises and a well designed training plan.  

 What are corrective Exercises?

Corrective exercise is a type of exercise that targets movement pattern dysfunction.  It is specifically directed at mobility, stability or coordination problems.  

 Why is it important to identify weak links, asymmetries or dysfunctional movement patterns?

Athlete, older, younger, sedentary - every individual has unique movement imbalances or weaknesses that can eventually lead to pain or injury.  Read more about Fundamental Movement here

"FMS will isolate those weaknesses and then give you ways to improve and strengthen them in order to avoid a future injury"


                          Norah Collins

                         OUA All-Star

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