The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Motor Control Screen are the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury. It is excellent for individuals or team, and is widely used in the professional sports world. The

These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic motor, 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. It can be used to also assess motor control in the upper and lower body and compare side to side. It particularly helpful to have object data to compare pre and post surgery or make comparisons to each side after an injury in order to set parameters for return to work or sport.

Based on the findings, exercises can be assigned to either strengthen appropriate muscles groups, or re-educate proper movement techniques to make your whole body work at it’s optimal potential.

What is the Y Balance test?

As an integral part of Functional Movement Systems, the Y Balance Test is a thoroughly researched, yet easy way to test a person’s motor control as well as demonstrate functional symmetry. The Y Balance Test allows us to quarter the body and look at how the core and each extremity function under bodyweight loads.

The Y Balance Test Protocol was developed through years of research in injury prevention and identification of motor control changes that occur after injury. This device and protocol are highly accurate and can be used for measuring pre and post rehabilitation performance, improvement after performance enhancement programs, dynamic balance for fitness programs, and return to sport readiness.

Learn more about the FMS  here.

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