Effectiveness of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS): What Dr. Stuart McGill’s lab has to say about it

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A current trend among practitioners in exercise rehabilitation and performance training is the use of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) as a tool to assess the quality of movement patterns that are considered essential to normal function. However, the effectiveness of the FMS is currently being debated by several research groups – Dr. Stuart McGill’s lab is among these groups.

To evaluate the utility of the FMS as a means to evaluate the effectiveness of training, Dr. McGill’s lab examined the FMS scores of 60 firefighters before and after 12 weeks of training (Frost et al., 2012). After analyzing the total FMS scores of the firefighters, Frost, Beach, Callaghan, and McGill (2012) concluded that although the FMS might provide a momentary impression of general movement quality, further efforts would likely assist in the development of better ways to implement the FMS, interpret the results, and generate reliable scores.

Read the full abstract by Frost, Beach, Callaghan, and McGill from The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Using the Functional Movement Screen to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Training.

Original source: Frost, D.M., Beach, T.A., Callaghan, J.P., and McGill, S.M. 2012. Using the Functional Movement Screen to evaluate the effectiveness of training. J Strength Cond Res. 26(6): 1620-30.