Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) & Functional Movement Screen (FMS)


We do not teach SFMA/FMS courses but we highly recommend that practitioners take them. KinetaCore® has aligned with and continues to utilize the evaluation and corrective philosophies developed by the founders of SFMA & FMS in our Functional Dry Needling® courses as well as in our clinic. Please see below for the link to the SFMA website.

About Selective Functional Movement Assessment

The SFMA is a comprehensive assessment that classifies movement patterns. This system helps the clinician recognize meaningful impairments and integrate the current best evidence (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) for treating musculoskeletal conditions.

The History of Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Functional Movement Assessment, popularized in sports medicine research by the Functional Movement Screen and Y-Balance Test, has taught us that capturing injury risk must include the assessment of body relative movement patterns. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of full body movement patterns, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal diagnosis but are contributing to the primary complaint (regional interdependence).

Beyond Traditional Kinematic Chain Approach

SFMA extends beyond the traditional Kinematic Chain approach to explore the current best evidence explaining how pain and injury adversely affect motor control. The assessment and exercise intervention model incorporates the basic tenets of human movement from a neuro-developmental perspective. The participant will learn how to identify a patient’s most dysfunctional movement pattern and break that pattern down into its fundamental parts. This will reveal the most meaningful impairment (mobility or stability deficit) to be addressed.

Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and can distort body awareness.

The Functional Movement Screen generates the FMS Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.  If dysfunction is determined to a certain degree a referral to a healthcare practitioner such as a Physical Therapist is recommended.

For more information on FMS click here.

For more information on SFMA click here.

Information on Gray Cook's Movement Book, SFMA & FMS Scoring Sheets, and Gray Cook Radio.

Click here for SFMA & FMS Scoring sheets and Gray Cook's Movement Book.

Click here for Gray Cook Radio. 

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