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