The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) provides a simple grading system to assess the movement of a well athlete or one recovering from an injury.
Functional Movement Screen tests include Deep Squat, Hurdle Step, In-Line Lunge, Shoulder Mobility, Active Straight Leg Raise, Trunk Stability Push-Up and Rotary Stability.
Exercises are prescribed based on test results to correct weakness or imbalance. Bad or compensatory movement patterns can be related to weak-muscle or coordination problems.
Poor movement patterns or asymmetries cause mechanical stress, which tends eventually to result in injury. Correcting the movements and asymmetries prevents injury.
Kyle Kiesel, associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Evansville, co-wrote a major scholarly study on the Functional Movement Screen. He is co-writer with FMS founder Gray Cook and four others of the book "Movement — Functional Movement
The Y Balance Test developed by Phil Plisky, UE assistant professor of physical therapy, is research-based and a simple method of testing an athlete's injury risk and functional symmetry (or asymmetry). It can be used to measure pre- and post-rehab performance,
performance after enhancement programs, dynamic balance for fitness programs and readiness to return to a sport after rehabilitation. When used with software designed to accompany it, its measurements yield a personalized injury-risk score as well as a peer-performance
measurement based on the subject's age, gender and sport.
Devices for the tests are available at performbetter.com for Functional Movement and
move2perform.com for Y Balance.
To get tested
University of Evansville physical therapists Kyle Kiesel and Phil Plisky work about eight hours a week at ProRehab in Evansville. Plisky said those interested in the testing may come to them with physician referral, but added their colleague there, Paul Gorman,
can get people in more quickly and does personal training in the evenings. For more information, go to
See the tests online
More information on the Y Balance Test, including videos, is available at
A variety of videos are also viewable on YouTube. Go to YouTube and type in “y balance test.”
More on the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is at functionalmovement.com
On YouTube, type in “functional movement screen.”