Functional Movement Screen
The 7 screens are….
- Overhead Squat (Lower Body): Used to assess symmetrical and functional mobility of the hips, knees, and ankles.
- Hurdle Step (Lower Body): Gauges stability and functional mobility of the hips, knees, and ankles.
- In-Line Lunge (Lower Body): Used to assess torso, shoulder, hip and ankle stability and mobility, quadriceps ﬂexibility, and knee stability.
- Shoulder Mobility (Upper Body): Assesses shoulder range of motion as well as shoulder blade mobility.
- Active Straight Leg Raise (Lower Body): Gauges functional hamstring and calf flexibility while maintaining a stable pelvis.
- Trunk Stability Push-Up (Upper/Lower Body): Used to assess symmetrical core stability.
- Rotary Stability (Upper/Lower Body): Assesses core stability in combination with upper and lower body mobility.
Each movement is graded from 0 to 3. A zero is given if any pain is present during the movement. A score of 1 is given if the athlete can not complete the task. A score of 2 is given if the athlete is able to complete the task with modification or with signs of restriction or instability. A score of 3 is given if the athlete is able to complete the task according to the test’s criteria. A total of 21 is the highest score possible.
How to interpret the scoring: It is highly unlikely anyone will achieve a perfect 21. The following is what is considered a good score on the screen:
- Score of 15 or greater
- No imbalances in scoring when comparing Left vs. Right
- No scores of 1
- No pain with the test
What to do with the data:
- If any pain arises during the test, the athlete should be evaluated further to determine the cause of it, and a rehab plan should be established.
- Each athlete should work on addressing their “weakest link”. Any scores of 1 or imbalance left to right should be addressed first and considered the weakest link. Corrective exercises below can be used to help address the weakest link.
- Any common issues within the team can be addresses by implementing corrective exercises during every practice, or in breakout sessions with the athletes.
- A goal should be to get every athlete up to a passing score as described above.
In Line Lunge
Active Straight Leg Raise (ASLR)
Trunk Stability Push Up
See Some Examples