The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool used to identify asymmetries which result in functional movement deficiencies. The FMS aims to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during seven fundamental movement patterns. These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, 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. Once these deficiencies have been identified through the FMS Screen, a program of corrective exercises is then developed with the goal of preventing musculoskeletal injuries.
The SFMA navigates the musculoskeletal assessment when pain is present. It is helpful during the initial patient
examination, although some acute problems make it impractical at the outset. Outside of exposing dysfunctional
regions that may complicate the examination process, the SFMA offers a unique perspective for corrective exercise
in a clinical setting.