The Functional Movement Screen

Research conducted in 2007 showed that professional football players who scored less than a 14/21 on the Functional Movement Screen were 11 times more likely to get injured during the season. Most of these athletes were pain free entering the season, again reinforcing the fact that dysfunctional patterns are almost always present before pain shows up.

Why is That Relevant?

Workplace injuries are an extremely common issue. Things like back pain, headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc. are found in most careers – from firemen to police officers to office employees. Unlike professional athletes, you don’t get to skip work for nagging aches and pains. Functional movement and overall range of motion are a great way to predict an injury before it ever happens. Wouldn’t it be great to skip the backache altogether?

Another recent study showed that firefighters and police officers who scored a 14 or less on the FMS were 3 times more likely to be injured on the job, had a 250% increase in cost per injury, and had 6 times the overall costs in medical bills.

It is important to note that most of these injuries were sustained in everyday tasks associated with the job. It is easy to focus on how injuries affect athletes, but anyone with a full time job needs to be trained to tolerate the stresses of their career. Sitting at a desk for 50 hours a week can be more stressful on your body than being a full time athlete.

We put a good number of our patients through the FMS in order to assess injury risk and try to prevent problems that could become disabling before they even occur. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Know someone we can help? Send them to our office with 2 cans of non-perishable food that we can donate to the Barrington Food Pantry and their first visit is free.

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