Why The FMS Total Score Doesn't Paint A Complete Picture

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The FMS total 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.  Individual pattern scores need to be considered to really gain perspective on how the individual is moving.

Dr. Greg Rose demonstrates how a score greater than 14 can be reached with 0’s and 1’s and how a 14 can be reached with all 2's. Which is the the better movement - the higher total score? Or all 2's? Those who have been educated in the FMS know acceptable movement in all patterns would be preferred rather than excellent movement in a few patterns with pain or asymmetry in the rest. 

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The FMS total score is simply that, a total score.  Looking at the individual patterns is where the gold is at. The intent of the FMS is to allow the professional to make educated decisions on exercise selection. 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.  Protect, correct, and develop. These are the fundamental principles of the FMS.

Charlie Weingroff explains it well in a practical example he offers to Jay DeMayo of the popular Central Virginia Sports Performance podcast. 

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The FMS provides objective movement information for the professional.  It's intent has always been to identify what movements an individual can or cannot do, allowing for better programing decisions. Protect. Correct. And then Develop.

Click here listen to the entire podcast with Charlie Weingroff.


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    dhaebler 7/2/2018 2:03:43 PM

    Well said Dr. Rose. I have had some other coaches in sport performance try to criticize the FMS on the prediction of athletic qualities and theoretical guesses on the athletes ability on the field of sport? What? We are looking at movement competency....that's it! Do not make an orange and apple...Some times its hard to argue with stupidity or even worse like you pointed out a lack of knowledge and fundamental understanding of the material...have even read Cook's work? Have you been to a FMS seminar? the resounding answer is always NO! So you have not read or attended anything to do with this intellectual property yet you criticize?