A Report Card for Adults - IFC Physiotherapy Singapore

As a team,  the crew here at IFC are dedicated to helping each and every one of you reach your personal goals. In order to help do this, we have introduced a brand new service fondly known as the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). This tool is supported by a multiude of exercise specialists and a mass of up to date clinical research.

According to stats, more than 10,000 Americans seek medical treatment for sport, recreational activity, and exercise related injuries on a daily basis.

Researchers have estimated that 50% to 80% of these injuries are overuse in nature and involve the lower extremity. The FMS has been created as a result and aims to identify risk factors with a view to preventing overuse injuries from ever rearing their ugly heads.

So lets take a closer look at the FMS:

This ever more popular tool is used to assess, grade and monitor the functional movement patterns which are imperitive for effective biomechanics, particularly when moving with force/speed.

The FMS can identify:

  • Functional asymmetries
  • Soft tissue tightness/restriction
  • Reduced joint range of motion
  • Existing overuse injuries
  • Functional limitation left over from old or improperly rehabbed injuries

What does it assess?

The Screen consists of seven tests:

  • A deep squat
  • Hurdle step
  • Lunges
  • Shoulder mobility
  • Active leg raise
  • Push-up
  • Rotary stability

Each movement is scored from 0 to 3, the sum is then used to predict risk of injury. Your therpist will then, based on their assessment, recommend a corrective exercise program to help help get you moving more effecfively

This means following a period of functional training you will:

  • Maintain better form whatever your activity of choice
  • Waste less energy with ineffective movements
  • Minimise your risk of overuse injuries like tendonitis or muscle strains
  • Get better results from your training
  • Increase your speed/power
  • Reduce strain on your joints

The FMS is great for any fitness level and can be especially useful if you are considering taking on new challenge to ensure that overuse injuries won’t get in your way. It will also be hugely beneficial for the already very active individuals among you. By looking at the aforemnetioned movements your therapist or trainer will be able to identify possible defects that could be holding you back from reaching your full potential or cause your performance to plateau.

Annie Henderson