How to use FMS (Functional Movement Systems) and Corrective Exercise to improve your movement.

Today we are going to dig a little further into FMS. What is FMS (Functional Movement Systems)? How it Can Help You?

If you are and athlete or have pain possibly caused by a faulty movement pattern, continue to read. The Functional Movement Screen captures fundamental movements, motor control within movement patterns, and competence of basic movements uncomplicated by specific skills. It determines the greatest areas of movement deficiency, demonstrates limitations or asymmetries, and eventually correlates these with an outcome and score. Once the greatest asymmetry or deficiency is observed, then specific corrective exercises are prescribed to facilitate proper movement sequence and form.

Nike, Titlelist, and the N.F.L combine now all incorporate FMS into their athletes training protocols. There has been a dramatic shift in the physical therapy world over the past decade in now attempting to improve movement patterns with corrective exercise versus just trying to strengthen weakened, isolated muscle groups.

Test 1: Deep Squat:

The squat is a movement needed in most athletic events. It is the ready position and is required for most power and lifting movements involving the lower extremities. The deep squat is a test that challenges total body mechanics when performed properly. It is used to assess bilateral, symmetrical and functional mobility of the hips, knees and ankles. The dowel held overhead assesses bilateral, symmetrical mobility of the shoulders as well as the thoracic spine. The ability to perform the deep squat requires appropriate pelvic rhythm, closed-kinetic-chain dorsi-flexion of the ankles,flexion of the knees and hips and extension of the thoracic spine, as well as flexion and abduction of the shoulders.

Today we focus on squats and 2 kinds of issues people have with squats and how to correct them. One is knee issues and the other is ankle issues. Greg Sterner, Licensed Physical Therapist, Owner Fitness Together Point Loma Personal Training Gym, demonstrating some corrective exercises in the video below.