Functional Movement Screen Updates: Rotary Stability and Ankle Clearing

Written by Dr. Kyle Kiesel FMS

Updates to the Functional Movement Screen

Learn more from FMS co-founder, Dr. Kyle Kiesel, about the rationale behind the Functional Movement Screen updates to the Rotary Stability test and adding an ankle clearing component.

For more information about the changes, make sure to check out the related resources on the right hand side of this article.

Rotary Stability Changes


Ankle Clearing

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    Gary Samuelian 2/18/2020 7:38:41 PM

    Is the algorithm still the same? TSPU before RS?


    FMS 2/18/2020 8:09:47 PM

    The order of the algorithm does not change from the current priorities.  This means that the RS precedes TSPU. The point that Dr. Kiesel is making is that the new RS screen protocol will identify a score of 1 more precisely and more often than it did in the past. So now with this change in the RS screen, this can identify individuals who could benefit from corrective strategies in RS before addressing a score of 1 in TSPU.  And now addressing the corrective priorities in this order can create a better opportunity for improvements in both patterns.

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    Beth Backman 2/18/2020 9:37:29 PM

    Dr Kiesel mentioned those papers for ankle dorsiflexion would be or are out. Can I be given some references (Titles, Journals they are in) - so I can find them and read them? Thanks.


    FMS 2/18/2020 9:40:17 PM

    Gourlay J, Bullock G, Weaver A, Matsel K, Kiesel KB, Plisky PJ. The Reliability and Criterion Validity of a Novel Dorsiflexion Range of Motion Screen. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. 2020;12(1):40-44

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    Scott Williams 4/1/2020 4:31:41 PM

    Is there a link to the published studie on the 2 new tests? I'd love to read them.

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    Dan Leary/Seaside Barbell 2/18/2020 7:29:38 PM

    Where do we find details on these changes and how to administer these tests?


    FMS 2/18/2020 7:37:54 PM

    Please check your Level 1 Online Course for these updates in detail within the course! Also, the FMS Pro app is now updated with these changes for easy access to the verbal instructions and scoring criteria.

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    Jackie Miller 2/26/2020 6:11:35 PM

    To see and learn the new modifications, does this mean I have to buy the FMS level 1 course again? How can I find the modifications without going that route?


    FMS 2/26/2020 6:12:07 PM

    If you are an active certified member, the changes can be found in the online FMS Level 1 course in your account. If you are currently inactive, you can reach our to support team at to learn more about how to become active once again!

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    Christoph Zaller 2/26/2020 5:51:56 PM

    Hey! In the SFMA at the SLST Breakout we also use the Quadruped Diagonal Test, I assume there is no former Change! Is this rigth?


    FMS 2/26/2020 6:12:22 PM

    That is correct - this change is for the FMS. SFMA remains the same!