Why The FMS Sum Score Doesn't Paint A Complete Picture
Written by FMS Thursday, June 7, 2018 FMS
The sum score has been used as a convenient cut score in numerous studies, but it isn’t a complete representation of an individual’s movement quality. As Dr. Rose demonstrates, an individual could score above 14 with 0’s and 1’s or an individual could score a 14 with all 2’s. Anyone who has experience with athletes would rather train an athlete with acceptable movement in all patterns than excellent movement in a few patterns and pain or asymmetry in the rest.
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This is an issue that’s common among young, hypermobile athletes.
Good mobility doesn’t necessarily equal good movement. Thankfully, the FMS evaluates much more than range of motion.
One of the significant benefits of the FMS is the score is the ability to use movement insights to inform training programs. Understanding limitations helps us to avoid exercises which can cause harm, allowing us to train athletes for maximum benefit and minimal risk. Low scores shouldn’t preclude an athlete from working hard, but they should preclude an athlete from certain PATTERNS. As Charlie says in another clip from the CVASPS podcast, if an athlete had a 7 on the movement screen, we could still devise a safe program to challenge them.