FMS Level 1


Summary:

The Functional Movement Screen Level 1 Seminar teaches the rating and ranking system that captures fundamental movement patterns, motor control, and competency of basic movement patterns. The core focus of the movement screen is to emphasize movement quality over quantity, and to identify any movement deficiencies or limitations. Since the body is complex in nature and operates as a system, it is necessary to address movement patterns as a whole, rather than evaluating isolated joint measurements when trying to determine inefficiencies. The movement screen is an applicable tool that should be used when determining an appropriate exercise program for any individual.

The Level 1 Seminar begins with an in-depth discussion of why it is essential to do the movement screen and how it can be an effective tool in assigning an exercise program. In doing so, the material that is taught provides information about how an individual or client might be at risk for injury because of asymmetries, dysfunction, or pain. The course also touches on the history of physical education and the decline of movement over the past century.

Secondly, the Level 1 seminar begins to explain the Functional Movement Screen. During this interactive process, a live screen is performed so that the audience can visually observe the screen and validate its usefulness. While administering the screen, the instructor also addresses common mistakes, biomarkers to look for, and overall screening tips to help identify differences related to scoring criteria for the movement tests. The scoring system itself consists of 7 tests with a ranking system of 3, 2, 1 and 0 based upon certain objectives.

To conclude, corrective exercises are explained and demonstrated by the instructor and assistant. All of the exercises that are mentioned in the manual are also available in the exercise library on FunctionalMovement.com, which all Certified Members have access to. Lastly, the seminar finishes with instructions on how to become certified and the benefits that are associated with certification. Upon passing the certification exam, you will be classified as an FMS Certified Member. As such, the entire FMS website is unlocked to you -- articles, podcasts, the Find a Certified Member registry, etc. -- free for one year. Best of all, you will be part of a great network of exercise professionals who share the same principles as you with regards to exercise prescription.


Objectives:

  • Gain a historical perspective on movement
  • Learn how to administer the movement screen
  • Understand the difference between mobility and motor control
  • Interpret the difference between the raw and final score
  • Understand how to interpret the scoring system
  • Assign corrective exercises based on a FMS score


FMS Level 2


Summary:

The Functional Movement Screen Level 2 Seminar complements the Level 1, with an emphasis on programming based on an individual’s screen. The Level 2 Seminar begins with an in-depth discussion regarding different aspects of the screen and common mistakes during the administration of the screen. Following this discussion, each individual then administers a screen along with having themselves screeened by another attendee. This creates the baseline for correcting screens throughout the seminar.

The next discussion focuses on interpreting the screen and learning the algorithm to determine whether someone has a mobility or motor control restraint based on their dysfunction. To elaborate, each of the seven tests within the screen are broken down and explained to assist in understanding proper exercise assignment. This seminar is a highly interactive: from movement screening to demonstration and execution of exercises.

For each test within the screen, the exercise progression is as follows: mobility, static motor control, dynamic motor control, and lastly strength. This progression assists in determining where an individual needs to be within their exercise program and which corrective exercises, if any, should be assigned in order to push clients to the best of their ability. This course also explains essential corrective exercises such as chopping and lifting, deadlifting variations, and rolling. Lastly, this seminar finishes with a group discussion on program design with regards to screen scores.


Objectives:

  • Troubleshoot common mistakes made when administering the screen
  • Determine whether someone has a mobility or motor control restraint
  • Understand how different tests of the screen can be related
  • Learn corrective and essential exercises
  • Comprehend how to assign proper exercises based on an individual’s screen
  • Implement corrective exercises into program design
  • Use the FMS score to determine which patterns should be trained

CEUs:

This course consists of 20 credit hours and has been approved by:

ACE: 2.0 CEU NATA: 20 CEU NSCA: 2.0 CEU

If you wish to obtain CEU credits from another organization, you may petition for credit at your convenience.