In Part 1 we discussed the FMS’s ability to predict injuries in the sports population. Hopefully it turned some eyebrows and illuminated some interesting findings about the FMS. In part 2 I wanted to speak about a few studies in the firefighting and military population. Let’s uncover some facts and fallacies baby! Onto the research…
Functional Movement Screening: Predicting Injuries in Officer Candidates (10)
Why worry about this population?
Considerations and Additional Questions:
Side Note: Additional research in the military population has shown a correlation between slow 3-mile run times and low FMS scores with decreased risk of injury. This shows some reproducibility of the findings from study to study in the military population.
Disclaimer: I did not have access to the full text of this article, I could only read the abstract
To wrap up: When attempting to determine risk of injury, which populations are the FMS appropriate for?
Ultimately, understanding what this evidence is showing us is absolutely pivotal in how we apply the FMS to our patients and clients. It gives us guidance about where it fits into our practice and maybe more importantly where it doesn’t fit or where there is possibly a better test.
In part 3 we’ll go over some additional aspects of the FMS including whether or not functional movement screen correlates with athletic performance, what is the best way to improve FMS scores and whether or not improving someone’s FMS score actually decreases their risk of injury.
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